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Florida agriculture officials issue alert involving fresh tomatoes

October 10, 2019


IN CONSUMER NEWS TONIGHT– FLORIDA AGRICULTURE OFFICIALS ARE ISSUING AN ALERT INVOLVING A VIRUS FOUND IN MEXICAN TOMATOES THAT COULD THREATEN LOCAL TOMATO CROPS. THE “TOMATO BROWN RUGOSE FRUIT VIRUS” WAS RECENTLY FOUND IN SHIPMENTS OF MEXICAN TOMATOES DELIVERED TO NAPLES AND GAINESVILLE. WHILE IT DOESN’T POSE A THREAT TO HUMANS, IT CAN VIRTUALLY WIPE OUT A TOMATO CROP. FLORIDA’S AG COMMISSIONER IS CALLING ON THE U-S- D-A TO STEP UP AND HELP PROTECT AMERICAN GROWERS. FLORIDA IS THE NATION’S LEADING TOMATO PRODUCER WITH A $262-MILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY. YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THE VIRUS WHEN YOU SEARCH ‘TOMATO VIRUS’ ON WKRG.COM. TOMORROW MARKS ONE YEAR SINCE HURRICANE MICHAEL HIT THE FLORIDA

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