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U.S. to resume anti-dumping probe on Mexican fresh tomatoes

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America   Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

The U.S. Commerce Department is announcing Thursday it plans to resume an anti-dumping investigation into Mexican fresh tomatoes after it withdraws from a 2013 agreement with Mexico.

The Commerce Department told lawmakers it intends to withdraw from the agreement that suspended the investigation after it heard concerns from the American tomato producing industry.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the agency is "taking action today to ensure they are protected from unfair trading practices."

Last week, nearly 50 U.S. lawmakers led by Senator Marco Rubio wrote Ross calling on him to take quick action.

The lawmakers said since 1996 hundreds of U.S. tomato growers across the country have been forced out of business.

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