The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce companies for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a USDA news release.

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

  • Top Service Brokers Inc., Miami, for failing to pay a $13,678 award in favor of a Virginia seller. Bivieti Barrios was listed as the sole proprietor of the business.
  • Patel Distributors LLC,  Mission, Texas, for failing to pay a $5,256 award in favor of a New York seller. Farhan Mohammed was listed as a member of the business.
  • Oziel Trevino, doing business as Diversity Produce, Hidalgo, Texas, for failing to pay a $9,280 award in favor of a Texas seller.
  • Cry Baby Foods LLC, Royal City, Wash., for failing to pay a $245,045 award in favor of a North Dakota seller. Kelsee L. Shearer and Aaron K. Shearer were listed as members of the business.

Sanctions lifted
Watermelons Inc., Howell, N.J., has satisfied a reparation order issued under the PACA, according to a news release from USDA.

The company can continue operating in the produce industry upon applying for and being issued a PACA license.

Charles F. Pagano, who was listed as the officer, director, and major stockholder of the business, and may now be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee.