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Florida senator reiterates call for termination of tomato suspension agreement

Banner for the Tomato Suspension Agreement with tomatoes and the US and Mexico flags.

Senator Rick Scott, R, of Florida reiterated his request that the Department of Commerce immediately terminate the 2019 tomato suspension agreement.

In a letter to Secretary Gina Raimondo, Scott also called for Commerce to impose antidumping duties on “unfairly traded Mexican tomatoes.”

The letter is a follow-up to a September plea by Scott and fellow Florida senator Marco Rubio, both Republicans, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, and 56 other members of Congress asking for termination of the agreement.

Scott’s letter demands an answer from Secretary Raimondo, and relief from Commerce:

“While you have ignored Congress, you have also allowed six weeks to pass since the comment period on this issue closed, and we have yet to receive a determination…The facts of this case have been clearly presented to the Commerce Department, and further inaction will continue to hurt American farmers.”

Read the full letter here.


Pamela Riemenschneider is the Retail Editor for Blue Book Services.