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US Bars Imports From Dominican Sugar Giant Over Forced Labor

  • US authorities accuse Central Romana of abusing its workforce
  • Company objects ‘vehemently’; says move doesn’t reflect facts
In September, the US Department of Labor added Dominican sugarcane to its list of goods produced by child or forced Labor. 

In September, the US Department of Labor added Dominican sugarcane to its list of goods produced by child or forced Labor. 

Photographer: Hector Quintanar/Bloomberg
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The US is halting imports from one of the Dominican Republic’s largest sugar producers amid allegations the company uses forced labor.   

US Customs and Border Protection said in a statement it was issuing a “withhold release order” that will effectively block shipments of sugar and sugar-based products from Central Romana Corp, Ltd.