U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu says she urged the United State International Trade Commission and the United State Department of Commerce to investigate the Mexican sugar industry for the practice of dumping low-cost sugar on the American markets.

Today, U.S sugar producers filed anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions against Mexico.

Landrieu says,

"Sugar is a critical industry in Louisiana with an annual economic impact of $3.5 billion and roughly 27,000 employees.Louisiana sugar producers deserve a fair and level playing field.  I firmly believe that this petition is in the best interest of Louisiana sugar producers, and is an important step toward ensuring that they receive a fair price for their product."

Senator Landrieu says sugar producers from Louisiana deserve a fair and level playing field.

Jim Harper, a sugar industry cane farmer from Rapies Parish says,

“Senator Landrieu has always been a champion of the sugar industry. And we are thrilled she supports ending the flood of subsidized and dumped sugar from Mexico that is harming Louisiana’s farmers.”

Landrieu says she supports Louisiana's sugar industry, and she vows to continue to fight for the industry.

The ITC is responsible for determining whether a particular U.S. industry is being injured or threatened with material injury from imports.  If both organizations find that Mexico is dumping low-cost sugar on American markets, then the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue an anti dumping duty order to offset the dumping.