The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce companies for failure to pay Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act reparation awards, according to a USDA news release.

The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry:

  • Mercatropic Corp., McAllen, Texas, for failing to pay a $40,110 award in favor of a California seller. Roberto De La Torre was listed as the officer, director, and major stockholder of the business.
  • Mega Avoconamex USA LLC, McAllen, Texas, for failing to pay a $3,997 award in favor of a California seller. Miriam Del Carmen, Martinez Castro, and Ivan Domingo Ruiz Ponce were listed as members of the business.
  • The Best Sun Produce, Dallas, for failing to pay an $18,021 award in favor of a California seller. Jose Rayas and Juan Torres were listed as partners of the business.
  • Blackbird Seven LLC, Blackfoot, Idaho, for failing to pay a $105,393 award in favor of an Idaho seller. Scott Phillips was listed as a member of the business.