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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has suspended the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act licenses of three companies.

The suspensions are sanctions relating to PACA violations, according to a news release. The companies are:

  • Lua Produce Corp., Opalocka, Fla., for failing to pay $39,613 to a seller in Alabama. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Luis A. Burbano was the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.
  • Mr. G. International Produce Inc., Bronx, N.Y., for not paying $29,475 to a New Jersey seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Jose A. Gomez was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.
  • Bucks Fresh Produce LLC, McAllen, Texas, for not paying $16,456 to a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Christopher Torres and Diana D. Torres were listed as members of the business.

The principals at the companies are barred from being employed by or affiliated with a PACA licensee.

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