The Mexican government has taken actions that show its contempt for US corn, US associations have warned.
Over the past year, they argued, in violation of its trade obligations, Mexico has waged a state-sponsored campaign to disparage US corn sweeteners.
Associations include: American Farm Bureau Federation, American Feed Industry Association, Corn Refiners Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Grain and Feed Association, National Oilseed Processors Association, and U.S. Grains Council.
“There is reason to believe that these actions were coordinated with the publicity of the Mexican sugar industry to discredit US corn sweeteners,” they argued.
Public comments inaccurately allege that US corn sweeteners are subsidized in violation of trade obligations, are dumped in Mexico, are solely (other than sugar) responsible for poor health outcomes, and that sugar is ‘natural’, while corn sweeteners are a chemical imposter.
In a letter sent to the Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, and to the United States Trade Representative, Katherine Tai, leaders of 27 food and agriculture associations express their concern about what they consider to be the rapid deterioration of the commercial relationship between the United States and Mexico. .
“These attacks have included depictions in a federally sponsored publication showing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as a ‘poison’, using a skull and crossbones image.
“In addition, Mexican officials have launched a‘ native corn ’campaign with the stated goal of eliminating imported American corn,” they stated in the letter.
Corn led the imports of products from the agri-food sector in Mexico in 2020, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture.
Last year, external purchases of this grain totaled 3.09 billion dollars, a decrease of 3.2% compared to 2019.
With this, Mexican imports of corn exceeded those of soybeans, pork and wheat.