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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sanctioned companies in California and Texas for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

The PACA sanctions, announced April 30, involve these companies, according to a USDA news release:

  • Fresh is Best Inc., Long Beach, Calif., for failing to pay $17,638 to a California seller. Ever Melchor, Antonio Melchor and Reina Melchor are listed as officers, directors and or/major stockholders of the business.
  • Martinez Fresh Produce LLC, Dallas, for failing to pay $17,767 to a seller in Texas. Arturo Martinez Isguerra was listed as a member of the business, according to the USDA.
  • SAR Quality Avocados Corp., McAllen, Texas, for failing to pay $102,783 to a New Jersey seller. Javier Sanchez Aguilar and Maria De Jesus Romero Sanchez were listed as officers, directors and/or major stockholders of the business. Luis F. Mejia was listed as a principal of the business, but he has challenged his responsibly connected status to the company, according to the USDA.

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