For tomato producers, the announcement of the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office that it will not allow the entry of vegetables from two Mexican companies for alleged forced labor was a surprise, since they consider that it looks like an “attack” by trade unions that can be extended to other horticultural products, said the national vice president of the Tomato Product System, Manuel Cázares.
Cázares considered that if the firm and the subsidiaries of Agropecuarios Tom and Hortícola Tom demonstrate that there is no practice of forced labor and that the labor rights of agricultural laborers are respected, the United States should allow exports to resume, but if they are verified bad practices there will be consequences.
The manager said that this complaint “is a situation that could already be seen to come, since we are seeing all the issues of social and labor responsibility through Ahifores, the organization of all producers where we are unionized to see all welfare issues of agricultural laborers. But it still took us by surprise. “
Agropecuarios Tom and Hortícola Tom, companies from which CBP blocked the exports of Mexican tomato to the United States market, said this situation was a surprise.
For this reason, the Mexican Government, through the Secretariats of Economy and Labor, together with the International Horticultural Alliance for the Promotion of Social Responsibility (AHIFORES), formed “a commission to see what were the circumstances that led CBP to get to this situation. “