USDA announces PACA actions

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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on 14 produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

These businesses and individuals are restricted from operating in the produce industry, according to a news release:

  • Harvin Foods Inc., Wilmington, Del., for failing to pay a $147,791.57 award in favor of an Arizona seller. The sole responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is Grady Harvin.
  • Lil Lamb Produce and Seafood Inc., Millersville, Md., for failing to pay a $6,716.25 award in favor of a New York seller. The sole responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is Jason Lambright.
  • Medrano & Sons Produce Inc., Dallas, for failing to pay a $7,943.50 award in favor of a California seller. The sole responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is Juventino Medrano.
  • Sun Grown Produce Importers, San Juan, Texas, for failing to pay a $28,160 award in favor of a Texas seller. The responsibly connected partners are Carlos Osuna and Heriberto Osuna.
  • Ron Funkhouser Sales Ltd., Martinsburg, W.Va., for failing to pay a $161,350 award in favor of a Georgia seller. The responsibly connected officers, directors, and major stockholders are Ronald Funkhouser and Joann Funkhouser.
  • Nirvana Produce Distributors Inc., Chula Vista, Calif., for failing to pay a $6,668.50 award in favor of a California seller. The responsibly connected officers, directors, and major stockholders are John Mitman and Antonio Virgilio.
  •  Z & S Fresh Inc., Fresno, Calif., for failing to pay a $40,109.07 award in favor of a California seller. The responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is Martin Zaninovich.
  • Waffa Spices Inc., Los Angeles, for failing to pay a $6,352 award in favor of an Arizona seller. The responsibly connected officers, directors, and major stockholders are Ammar Jarbouh and Yesika Jarbouh.
  • International Onions Inc., Los Angeles, for failing to pay a $21,049.28 award in favor of a California seller. The sole responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is David Garcia.
  • Salyer American Fresh Foods Inc., Monterey, Calif., for failing to pay a $37,289.55 award in favor of a California seller. The responsibly connected officers, directors, and major stockholders are Stefanie Salyer and Scott Salyer.
  • Rudy’s Produce Inc., Los Angeles, for failing to pay a $14,626.50 award in favor of a Pennsylvania seller. The responsibly connected officers, directors, and major stockholders are Pedro Astorga, Lilian Astorga, and Rodolfo Pardo.
  • Natures Fresh Choice Inc., North Lauderdale, Fla., for failing to pay a $6,757.70 award in favor of a Texas seller. The sole responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is Armando Romero.
  • GMP Produce Inc., Miami, for failing to pay a $4,174.00 award in favor of a Florida seller. The responsibly connected officers, directors, and major stockholder are Juan Garcia and Frank Martin.
  • Vince’s Farmers Market, also doing business as V’s All Country Produce, Fairfield, N.J., for failing to pay a $16,433.00 award in favor of a Pennsylvania seller. The sole responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is Glenn Puzino.

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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