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NEWS RELEASE 98-007; FEBRUARY 19, 1998 February 19, 1998
News Release 98-007 (corrected version)
Invs. No. 731-TA-776-779

ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES
ON CERTAIN PRESERVED MUSHROOMS
FROM CHILE, CHINA, INDIA, AND INDONESIA

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today made affirmative determinations in its preliminary phase antidumping investigations of certain preserved mushrooms from Chile, China, India, and Indonesia.

The affirmative determinations resulted from 3-0 votes. Chairman Marcia Miller, Vice Chairman Lynn Bragg, and Commissioner Carol T. Crawford voted in the affirmative.

The affirmative determinations mean that the ITC found that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of certain preserved mushrooms from Chile, China, India, and Indonesia that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

As a result of the ITC's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct antidumping investigations of imports of certain preserved mushrooms from Chile, China, India, and Indonesia, with its preliminary antidumping determinations due on or about June 15, 1998. [NOTE CORRECTED DATE.]

The Commission's public report Certain Preserved Mushrooms from Chile, China, India, and Indonesia (Investigations Nos. 731-TA-776-779 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3086, February 1998) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after March 12, 1998, by calling 202-205- 1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certain Preserved Mushrooms from Chile, China, India, and Indonesia
Investigations Nos. 731-TA-776-779 (Preliminary)

Product Description: The imported products subject to these investigations are certain preserved mushrooms of the species Agaricus bisporus and Agaricus bitorquis, whether imported whole, sliced, or as stems and pieces. "Preserved mushrooms" refers to mushrooms that have been prepared or preserved by cleaning, blanching, and sometimes slicing or cutting. These mushrooms are then packed and heated in containers, including but not limited to cans or glass jars, in a suitable liquid medium that may include, but is not limited to, water, brine, or butter (or butter sauce). Included within the scope of the petition are "brined" mushrooms, which are presalted and packed in a heavy salt solution to provisionally preserve them for further processing. Excluded from the scope of the investigations are: (1) all other species of mushroom, including straw mushrooms; (2) all fresh and chilled mushrooms, including "refrigerated" or "quick blanched" mushrooms; (3) dried mushrooms; (4) frozen mushrooms; and (5) "marinated," "acidified," or "pickled" mushrooms, which are prepared or preserved by means of vinegar or acetic acid, but may contain oil or other additives.

Status of Proceedings:
    1.   Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping.
    2.   Petitioner:  Coalition for Fair Preserved Mushroom Trade.
    3.   Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC:  January 6, 1998.
    4.   Commission's conference:  January 27, 1998.
    5.   USITC vote:  February 19, 1998.
    6.   USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce:  February 20, 1998.

U.S. Industry:
    1.   Number of producers in 1997:  Ten
    2.   Location of producers' plants:  California, Delaware, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
    3.   Employment of production and related workers in 1996:  488
    4.   Apparent U.S. consumption in 1996:  (1).
    5.   Ratio of total U.S. producers' shipments (by quantity) to total U.S. consumption in
         1996:  (1).

U.S. Imports:
    1.   From the subject countries during 1996:  (1).
    2.   From other countries during 1996:  (1).
    3.   Leading source during 1996:  China (in quantity and value).
    4.   Ratio of total U.S. imports from the subject countries (by quantity) to total U.S
         consumption in 1996:  (1).
    5.   Ratio of total U.S. imports from all other sources (by quantity) to total U.S.
         consumption in 1996:  (1).
(1) Withheld to avoid disclosure of confidential business information.
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