The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sanctioned eight produce businesses for failing to satisfy Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act reparation awards.

The companies are:

 

  • Quality Fresh Tropicals N Y Corp., New York, for failing to pay $34,704 to a New York seller. The responsibly connected officers are Pedro Orama and Pedro L. Orama.
  • Sunshine State Direct Distributors Inc., Miami, for failing to pay $3,171 to a Washington seller. The responsibly connected officers are Stephen Chaikin and Neil Florin.
  • Florida European Export Import Co. Inc., Miami, for failing to pay $9,717 to a California seller. AThe responsibly connected officers are Donald Blackburn and Lisbeth Blackburn.
  • Castro Produce LLC, Nogales, Ariz., for failing to pay $1,038,542 to a Texas seller. The responsibly connected members are Jesus Castro Villaverde, Olivia Castro Villaverde and Xiomara Castro Villaverde.
  • Del Rancho Produce Inc., McAllen, Texas, for failing to pay $10,400 to a Texas seller. The responsibly connected officers are Francisco Ramirez and Juan Carlos Ruiz.
  • JD Rodriguez Produce Inc., Dallas, for failing to pay $18,658 to a Texas seller. The responsibly connected officers are Johnny Rodriquez, Valerie Rodriquez and Esmeralda Rodriquez.
  • West Coast Produce & Specialties Inc., Los Angeles, for failing to pay $8,234 to a California seller. The responsibly connected officer is Norberto Zaragoza.
  • San Pedro Produce, San Diego, for failing to pay $7,052 award to a California seller. The responsibly connected officer is Hugo San Pedro.

 

Reparation order

The USDA also announced that Adam Guzman Jr., doing business as AG Tomato Co., Houston, has satisfied a PACA reparation order and can continue operating in the produce industry. AG Tomato, however, must first apply for a PACA license. Guzman was the only responsibly connected proprietor, and is now free to work for any PACA licensee.