USDA restricts PACA violators, lifts sanction

04/18/2014 09:21:00 AM
Daniel Vanderhorst

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

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

  • JD Rodriguez Produce Inc., Dallas, for failing to pay a $29,069 award in favor of a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Johnny Rodriguez, Valerie Rodriguez, and Esmeralda Rodriguez were listed as the officers, directors and/or major stockholders of the business.
  • Valley Wide Produce Inc., Phoenix, for failing to pay a $31,836 award in favor of a California seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Kenneth Hurley and Barbara Hurley were listed as the officers, directors and/or major stockholders of the business.
  • K&B Produce Inc., Sanford, N.C, for failing to pay a $15,000 award in favor of a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Byron Ramirez was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.

 

PACA sanction lifted

Green Hill Farms Produce Inc., Morristown, Tenn., has satisfied a reparation order issued under PACA, according to a USDA news release.

The company has met its obligations and is now free to operate in the produce industry. Michael Bradley, Heather Bradley and James Wilson were listed as the officers, directors and/or major stockholders of the business and may now be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee.

In November 2013 the agency restricted operations of Green Hill Farms for failing to pay $20,207 to a Florida-based produce seller.

In January this year, a federal court case against Green Hill Farms was resolved when the company paid three other suppliers a total of more than $280,000 owed for produce delivered in 2012.



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