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McDonald's to Pay More for Tomatoes; Extra Money Earmarked for Workers

MIAMI (AP) - McDonald's has announced an agreement to pay a penny more per pound for its Florida grown-tomatoes.

The move is an effort to boost wages for migrant workers who harvest the produce.

Farm workers receive about 40 cents for each 32-pound bucket, according to their representatives. The extra penny per pound boosts that to about 72 cents per bucket.

A McDonald's spokesman says the increase won't be passed on to customers.

The deal involves grape tomatoes used in McDonald's salads. It will require suppliers to follow a workplace code of conduct that workers will help create.

Florida pickers harvest about 90 percent of the nation's winter tomato supply. A coalition of migrant pickers previously struck a similar deal with Taco Bell.

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