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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sanctioned five companies for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

The companies failed to meet PACA violations, and are restricted from operating in the produce industry, according to a news release from the branch of the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service PACA branch.

The following businesses and principals restricted from operating in the industry are:

  • Montecito Fresh Produce Inc., Los Angeles, for not paying $22,320 to a California seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Evangelino Reynoso and Manuel Reynoso were the officers, directors and/or major stockholders of the business.
  • Florida Cool Cargo Inc., Miami, for failing to pay $43,066 to a Florida seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Jesse Fernandez was the officer, director and/or major stockholder of the business.
  • Jusgo Duluth LLC, Duluth, Ga., for not paying $135,785 to a California seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Wang Lin was listed as a member or manager of the business.
  • Hunter Bros. Inc., Philadelphia, for failing to pay $21,061 to a California seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Frank Wiechec, III was listed as the officer, director and/or major stockholder of the business.
  • Y Farms LLC, Newport, R.I., for not paying $7,288 to a Florida seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Eric Guzman was listed as a member or manager of the business.

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