The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on three Florida and one Texas business for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.
According to a news release from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, which oversees PACA, these companies are now restricted from operating in the produce industry:
- Basic Meats Supermarket Inc., doing business as Bravo Dixie Supermarket, Miami, for not paying $17,723 to a Florida seller. Robert E. Gomez was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.
- Farmway Inc., Hudson, Fla., for failing to pay $27,558 to a Utah seller. William Moore was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.
- Organic Harvest LLC, Miami, for not paying $12,089 to a Florida seller. Patricia Davila was listed as a member of the business. Thomas B. D’Agostino was also listed as a principal, but he has challenged his responsibly connected status.
- Mibo Fresh Foods LLC, Fort Worth, for failing to pay $220,153 to a Washington seller. Uzor U. Nwoko was listed as a member of the business.
The sanctions suspend the businesses’ PACA licenses and bar the principals from engaging in PACA-licensed business without USDA approval, according to the release.