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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sanctioned four produce companies across the U.S. for not paying Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act reparation awards.

The following companies and individuals are restricted from the industry, according to a release:

> Sanchez Bros. Produce LLC, Chicago, for failing to pay a $6,515 award in favor of a Texas seller, with Cesar Sanchez listed as a member of the business.

> Intermex Products LLC, Bronx, N.Y., for failing to pay a $38,849 award in favor of a Texas seller, with Juan Garcia listed as a member of the business.

> Castros Distribution LLC, Dallas, for failing to pay a $30,386 award in favor of a Texas seller, with Dimas Castro listed as a member of the business.

> Benny F. Hall & Sons LLC, Oak Hall, Va., for failing to pay a $5,280 award in favor of an Idaho seller, with Benny F. Hall, Sr. listed as a member of the business.

In April the USDA filed an administrative complaint against Benny F. Hall & Sons alleging the potato grower-shipper had failed to pay $797,114 to 13 produce sellers over the course of about 13 months.

 
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