U.S., Mexico prep for tomato fight; jobs, prices on line

Posted: October 7, 2012 at 3:14 a.m.

A seller looks at boxes of tomatoes at the Central de Abasto, Mexico City’s main wholesale produce market, in the borough of Iztapalapa in April. A group of U.S. tomato growers are complaining that Mexico growers are unfairly exporting low-cost tomatoes north of the border.

Mexico and the United States are gearing for a costly showdown over fresh tomatoes — a $3.5 billion business for the two countries — in a move that could boost the fortunes of some American tomato farmers but raise prices for U.S. consumers.

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Business, Pages 67 on 10/07/2012