A spokesperson for the Fresh Garlic Producers Association (FGPA) explained that "Chinese imports skyrocketed from 3 million pounds in 1991, to 7.2 million pounds in 1992, to more than 54 million pounds in 1993." In 1993 China sold fresh garlic in the U.S. for $0.06 per pound while the average production cost in China was $0.27 per pound. The cost to grow one pound of garlic in California is $0.40 to $0.60. (United States International Trade Commission, Office of Public Affairs, OPA 94-104 and press releases from Georgetown Communication Services for the Fresh Garlic Producers Association; July 8, 1994, and October 26, 1994.)
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