USDA takes action against PACA violators in California, Texas - The Packer

USDA takes action against PACA violators in California, Texas

04/07/2014 11:07:00 AM
Daniel Vanderhorst

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Salinas, Calif.-based Drobnick Distributing Inc. for violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a USDA release.

The company failed to pay $1.47 million to one seller for 55 lots of produce. Drobnick Distributing has entered into a consent decision barring the company from the produce industry until March 12, 2016, at which time it may apply for a PACA license.

The company’s principals, Edward Drobnick and Deborah Drobnick, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until March 12, 2015, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.

PACA sanctions

The USDA has also imposed sanctions on two Texas companies for failure to pay PACA reparation awards.

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

  • Hoja Trans Inc., Laredo, Texas, for failing to pay a $15,217 award in favor of a Louisiana seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Thelma De La Cruz Escamilla was listed as the officer, director, and major stockholder of the business.
  • Nachos Produce Corp., McAllen, Texas, for failing to pay a $2,620 award in favor of a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Luis Perez Landa and Ignacio Perez Najera were listed as the officers, directors, and/or major stockholders of the business.



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