The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four businesses for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.
For failing to pay PACA reparations to produce sellers, the businesses and their principals are barred from doing business in the fresh produce industry.
The businesses, according to the USDA, are:
- Social Enterprise LLC, (Interrupcion* Fair Trade) New Castle, Del., for failing to pay $100,255 to a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Rafael S. Goldberg and Diego Gonzalez-Carvajal were listed as members of the business.
- West Florida Fresh Produce LLC, Hialeah, Fla., for not paying $19,710 to a New Jersey seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Yenny R. Sosa was listed as a member of the business.
- Sanchez Bros. Wholesale Corp., Chicago, for failing to pay $36,775 to an Idaho seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Hector Sanchez was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.
- Organic Fruit Markets LLC, Oroville, Wash., for not paying $19,231 to a Washington seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Eloiza Nunez Ramirez, Jose A. Ramirez, Antonio Benitez, Yazir Nieto, Yenny Ardilla, Tomasa Rivera Granados, Raul Martinez, Omar P. Polito and Alverto Rivera were listed as members of the business.