The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative action against Supreme Cuts LLC under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a USDA news release.
The New Jersey company allegedly failed to pay 17 produce suppliers for $385,683 worth of produce from August 2011 through January 2014.
Supreme Cuts may request a hearing. Should USDA find that the company responsible, it would be barred from the industry for two years and its principals for one year.
USDA has imposed sanctions on two produce companies for failure to pay PACA reparation awards, according to a USDA news release.
The following companies and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry:
- Alejandro Alarcon Vega, doing business as Alex Produce, Birmingham, Ala., for failing to pay a $4,582 award in favor of a Georgia seller. Alejandro Alarcon Vega is listed as the sole proprietor of the business.
- Fermin Arellano-Campuzano, doing business as F&C Arellano, West Columbia, S.C., for failing to pay a $20,413 award in favor of a Michigan seller. Fermin C. Arellano is listed as the sole proprietor of the business.
USDA has also cited Miami-based Florida European Export Import Co. Inc. for failure to pay for produce, according to a USDA news release.
The company failed to pay $383,991 to nine sellers for 139 lots of produce. Florida European is barred from the industry until June 2, 2016, when it may reapply for a PACA license. The company’s principals at the time of the violation are deceased.