ALL Italian canned tomato exporters have been found guilty of dumping product in Australia according to findings from the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) and the Australian government.
In its final report, the ADC acknowledged that European Union subsidies were being used by the Italian tomato processors to dump cheap products in Australia.
SPC managing director, Reg Weine said, “This is a win for SPC and our growers, and for Australian industry, which faces daily pressure to compete with cheap imports and those cutting corners and putting slavery in a can.
“Recent reports of slave labour used to produce canned Italian tomatoes and mafia involvement are shocking. Australians need to know where their food is from and if it’s been ethically produced.
“Australian retailers need to come to the party by supporting Australian manufacturers and making Australian made and grown products readily available and easier to identify and find on shelves.
“Since 2010 the illegal dumping of products has resulted in material damage to SPC, including a loss of 40 percent of its volume and reduced profitability, as it struggled to compete on price with these dumped Italian tomato products. “You can’t provide €183M in subsidies to the Italian tomato industry and expect it not to have downward pressure on production costs.
“I urge all Australian consumers to support our farmers and at the same time consider the quality, value, ethics and food miles of Australian grown products when they choose to buy tomato products in retailers. If in doubt, #Buyhomegrown.”