The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sanctioned three Texas and New York companies for Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act violations, suspending their licenses.
The businesses, according to a news release, are:
- Family Fruit 2 Inc., Staten Island, N.Y. for not paying $47,025 to a Pennsylvania seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Louis Epifania was listed as the officer, director and/or major stockholder of the business.
- Green Desert Produce LLC, Pharr, Texas, for failing to pay $11,295 to a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Clemente Fantini, De RL De CV Bodegas Green Desert Spr., and Roberto Fantini Cardenas were listed as members or managers of the business.
- Jasmine Parada, doing business as Bella Terra Produce, Dallas, Texas, for failing to pay $24,060 to a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Jasmine Parada was listed as the sole proprietor of the business.
The companies’ principal operators have been barred from “engaging in PACA-licensed businesses or other activities without approval from USDA,” according to the release.