July 6, 2008 in Nation/World

Industry hit

The Spokesman-Review
 
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Associated Press
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The U.S. tomato industry has taken a $100 million hit as restaurants temporarily dropped tomatoes from their menus, and farmers have had to plow under their fields or leave crops to rot in packinghouses.

Mexico has not calculated its losses, but growers there worry they still may be under a shadow of suspicion as late as November, when greenhouses harvest their summer tomatoes.

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