The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported a Reston, Va., produce company satisfied a reparation order, but the firm remains unlicensed to do business in the industry.
The agency did not indicate why it originally sanctioned the company, 750 Foods LLC, in its Sept. 14 notice. The notice simply stated 750 Foods cannot do business in the produce industry until it secures a license under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.
The USDA notice also said the agency imposed employment restrictions on Eligio Pena, a principal with 750 Foods, because of his affiliation with two other companies that have failed to pay produce sellers.
Pena’s other companies listed by USDA are 2000 Avondale Foods LLC, Durham, N.C., and 650 Foods LLC, Riverdale, Md. Both do business as Compare Foods. The companies owe $25,718 to a North Carolina seller and $14,301 to a Texas seller, respectively, according to the USDA.
Until 750 Foods secures a PACA license, it is barred from conducting business in the produce industry.