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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on three produce companies for violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, barring them from doing business.

The companies, according to the USDA, are:

  • Morita Produce, Los Angeles, for not paying $13,560 to a Washington seller. As of the date of the order, Gerry Morita and Patricia Nakahara were listed as the officers, directors and/or major stockholders of the business.
  • Latinotrading LLC, Miami, for failing to pay $4,770 to a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Yudenia Fernandez Montes De Oca and Sergio Feliberto Paz Santos were listed as a members or managers of the business.
  • LS & CX LLC, Plano, Texas, for not paying $73,586 to a California seller. As of the issuance date of the order, Xuan Chen, Sheng Lin and Xin Lin were listed as a members or managers of the business.

Sanctions include suspending the businesses’ PACA licenses and barring the principal operators from engaging in PACA-licensed business without USDA approval, according to the release.

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