USDA announces PACA actions

11/09/2010 12:40:05 PM
The Packer Staff

The PACA license of Southeast Produce Ltd., Maspeth, N.Y., was suspended because of unpaid sanction awards of $32,238; $18,146; and $22,530, according to Red Book Credit Services.

The USDA cited Tanikka Watford as sole proprietor, and Tanikka Watford and LaTisha Watford jointly doing business as Southern Solutions Produce LLC, Hillsborough, N.C., for failure to make full payment to eight sellers for 30 lots of produce totaling $365,637.74. This is in violation of the PACA.

As a result of these actions, Tanikka Watford and Southern Solutions cannot operate in the produce industry until Oct. 5, 2012, at which time they may reapply for a PACA license, according to a news release.

Tanikka Watford and LaTisha Watford may not be employed by, or affiliated with, any PACA licensee until Oct. 5, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.

The USDA also cited Pets Calvert Co., Chicago, for failure to make full payment promptly to 10 sellers for 63 lots of produce totaling $363,815.50.

As a result of these actions, Pets Calvert cannot operate in the produce industry until Sept. 11, 2012, at which time it may reapply for a PACA license, according to a news release.

The company’s sole principal, Michael O’Neill, may not be employed by, or affiliated with, any PACA licensee until Sept. 11, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.

PACA reparation

The USDA also announced that Avocado Importers International Inc., McAllen, Texas, has satisfied the $22,498.62 reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

The sole responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is Jay Humphreys, according to a news release.

The company has met its obligations and may now operate in the produce industry.

The responsibly connected individuals to the businesses may also be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee.


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