The USDA has been investigating the company’s violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act for several years.
The Packer reported in April 2013 that the USDA had cited Chaparral Fruit for $13,753 owed to a Texas seller.
A USDA news release in February reported an administrative action against the company for an alleged $254,141 of unpaid produce from seven sellers over a year.
Now Chaparral Fruit is barred from operating in the produce industry for failing to pay $738,006 to seven sellers for 331 lots of produce. The company will not be eligible to reapply for a PACA license until June 3, 2016.
Additionally, the company’s principal, Amadeo Lopez, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until June 3, 2015, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.