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

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

  • United Fresh Produce, Riverside, Calif., for failing to pay a $32,043 award in favor of a California seller. Regina Erickson and Barbara Jamili were listed as the officers, directors and/or major stockholders of the business.
  • Victor Packing Fruit & Produce Inc., Los Angeles, for failing to pay a $25,427 award in favor of a California seller. Victor Ortiz was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.
  • J&R Fresh Produce LLC, Tampa, Fla., for failing to pay a $45,101 award in favor of a Virginia seller. Shaheed Ackbar was listed as a member of the business.
  • 999 LLC, St. Paul, Minn., for failing to pay a $4,511 award in favor of a Minnesota seller. Joua Thao was listed as a member of the business.