In the wake of trade deals that have left some U.S. produce growers unhappy about an influx of imported fruits and vegetables, the new American Grown campaign is taking its message to consumers instead of lawmakers.
The Commerce Department’s decision in May to withdraw an agreement suspending an anti-dumping investigation on Mexican tomatoes entering
the U.S. set off a contentious debate on imported tomatoes in 2019.
Keeping in place a tomato suspension agreement between Mexican growers and the Commerce Department, the International Trade Commission ruled that Mexican tomatoes sold at less than “fair value” threaten the U.S.
UPDATED: Florida agriculture and industry officials have asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to initiate traceback investigations of Mexican tomatoes with the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV).
As the high-stakes Department of Commerce dumping investigation continues on U.S. imports of Mexican tomatoes, advocates for both U.S. and Mexican tomato growers are making their cases in the court of public opinion.
Groups such as the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas and the Border Trade Alliance continue to make misleading statements about the U.S.-Mexico Tomato Suspension Agreement in an apparent attempt to muddy the waters and stoke fear among other agricultural sectors in the U.S.