USDA announces PACA violators

11/15/2010 12:52:04 PM
Sam Carlson

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

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

  • Cosmos Corp., doing business as Fruit Merchant, Durham, N.C., for failing to pay a $65,038.24 reparation award in favor of a Texas seller. The responsibly connected officer, director, and major stockholder is Muhammad Sharif.
  • Empire Fresh Cuts LLC, Oswego, N.Y., for failing to pay a $228,606.85 reparation award in favor of a Virginia seller. The responsibly connected member is Samuel Zappala.
  • Fresh Mex Produce Inc., Providence, R.I., for failing to pay a $90,911.35 reparation award in favor of a Texas seller. The responsibly connected officer, director, and major stockholder is Irvin Campos.
  • Randall Tropicals Inc., Bronx, N.Y., for failing to pay a $58,895.67 reparation award in favor of a New Jersey seller. The responsibly connected officer, director, and major stockholder is Kelvin Troncoso.
  • Florida Prime Mushrooms Inc., also doing business as Quincy Farms, Quincy, Fla., for failing to pay a $328,186.68 award in favor of a Pennsylvania seller. The sole responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is Bruce Broomall.
  • SPI Distributor, El Paso, Texas, for failing to pay a $2,084.25 award in favor of a California seller. The sole responsibly connected proprietor is Jammel Singh.
  • Green Garden Packaging Co. Inc., Houston, for failing to pay a $7,840.04 award in favor of a California seller. The responsibly connected officers, directors, and major stockholders are Leigh Faour and Anthony Faour.
  • R. Garza Produce Dist., also doing business as R. Garza Produce, Mercedes, Texas, for failing to pay a $1,140.00 award in favor of a Texas seller. The responsibly connected proprietor is Miguel Garza.

Tanimura Distributing

The USDA also cited Tanimura Distributing Inc., Irwindale, Calif, for failure to make full payment to 62 sellers for 759 lots of produce totaling $3,595,217.41, which violates the PACA.

As a result of these actions, Tanimura cannot operate in the produce industry until Oct. 13, 2012, at which time it may reapply for a PACA license.


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