The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited two produce companies for violations of the Perishble Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a USDA release.
- Big Bear Storage and Packing Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla., for failing to pay $1,244,369 to 31 sellers for 169 lots of produce. Big Bear Storage and Packing Inc. has entered into a consent decision barring the company from the produce industry until March 4, 2016, at which time it may apply for a PACA license. Additionally, the company’s sole principal, Steven P. Weiss, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until March 4, 2015, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.
- Liborio Market Inc., Los Angeles, for failing to pay $123,345 to nine sellers for 248 lots of produce. Liborio Market Inc. cannot operate in the produce industry until Jan. 9, 2016, at which time it may apply for a PACA license. The company’s principals, John Alejo, Enrique M. Alejo, and Enrique J. Alejo, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until Jan. 9, 2015, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.
Additionally, USDA has filed a PACA action against Del Campo Fresh Inc., La Belle, Fla., for allegedly failing to make payment to three produce sellers in the amount of $747,529 from April 2011 through February 2012. Del Campo Fresh Inc. will have an opportunity to request a hearing.
Should USDA find that the company committed repeated and flagrant violations, it would be barred from the produce industry for two years. Furthermore, its principals could not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee for one year and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.
Cash surety agreement
Green Farms of Nevada Inc., Las Vegas, has posted $100,000 cash surety agreement with the USDA, according to a release.
The cash surety agreement was posted with the USDA to employ Michelle Iovino, formerly the only officer of Oasis Corp., Las Vegas, which was found to have committed repeated and flagrant PACA violations.
Any PACA licensee wishing to employ persons who have failed to pay a reparation award, or have been subject to a USDA disciplinary action, must post a USDA-approved cash surety agreement or surety bond.