After sanctioning Tustin, Calif.-based Sarita Ranch Provission Inc. in March, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has now filed an administrative complaint under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.
The new action by the USDA alleges that Sarita Ranch Provission Inc. failed to pay $756,913 to 16 produce sellers from March 2017 through November 2017, according to a news release.
The sanction this spring was for failing to pay a $101,327 PACA reparation award in favor of an Idaho seller.
Sarita Ranch can request a hearing, but if USDA rules the company to have violated PACA rules, the company would be barred from the produce industry for two years and its principals for a year.
Sarita Ranch Provission is a distributor operating in the Los Angeles metro area, with Miguel S. Ortega listed as the responsibly connected individual.