USDA cites businesses for PACA violations - The Packer

USDA cites businesses for PACA violations

07/05/2010 02:25:58 PM
Sam Carlson

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

These businesses have been barred from operating in the produce industry until their awards are paid. The businesses were served complaints by USDA and were given the opportunity to respond.

USDA ordered payment of the following amounts.

The businesses:

  • Desert Star Produce LLC, Beaumont, Calif., for failing to pay a $45,093 award in favor of a Florida seller. The sole member is Damon Baldiviez.
  • T&Y Produce, Santa Clara, Calif., for failing to pay a $5,895 award in favor of a California seller. The sole proprietor is Venh Tang.
  • M&C Produce Co. Inc., Philadelphia, for failing to pay a $53,280 award in favor of an Arizona seller. The sole officer, director, and stockholder is John Lerro.
  • Ivy Produce Co. Inc., Dallas, for failing to pay a $10,992 award in favor of an Arizona seller. The sole officer, director, and stockholder is Ricki Ivy.
  • Super Latino Products Inc., Bronx, N.Y., for failing to pay a $10,987 award in favor of a New York seller. The sole officer, director, and stockholder is Ceverino Paez.
  • Golden Fresh Produce Inc., Bronx, N.Y., for failing to pay an $11,144 award in favor of a Florida seller. The sole officer, director, and stockholder is John D. Suh.
  • Fresco Produce Inc., Chula Vista, Calif., for failing to pay a $90,149 award in favor of a Florida seller. The sole officer, director, and stockholder is Frank Torre.
  • Numero Uno Market Inc., Los Angeles, for failing to pay a $9,243 award in favor of an Arizona seller. The officers, directors, and stock-holders are Steven Torres, George Torres, and Roberta Torres.
Other actions

The USDA cited Mexi Products Inc., Chicago, for PACA violations.
 
The company cannot operate in the produce industry until June 11, 2012, and then only if it obtains a PACA license.
 
The company failed to make full payment to six sellers in the total amount of $325,636.85 for 122 lots of perishable agricultural commodities, which the company purchased, received, and accepted from July 2004 through March 2008.
 
USDA served the company with a complaint and the company failed to file an answer.
 
The company’s principals, Alvaro Rubio and Yelmi Rubio, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until June 11, 2011, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.


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