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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sanctioned four businesses for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

These businesses and individuals are restricted from operating in the industry, according to a news release:

  • G & A Foodservice Inc., doing business as Fresh Express Produce, Addison, Ill., for failing to pay $7,095 to an Illinois seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, George Panagakis was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.
  • Wholesale Mexcol LLC, Webster, Texas, for failing to pay $11,840 to a California seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Gustavo Soto Gomez was listed as a member of the business.
  • Big Tex Produce, Dallas, for not paying $19,092 to a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Maria Rayas and Viridiana Rodriguez were listed as members of the business.
  • Cal Tex Produce L.P., Dallas, for failing to pay $8,030 to an Arkansas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Cal Texas Dissolution LLC and Johnny D. Rodriguez were listed as partners of the business. Another principal of the business at the time of the order was Jimmy W. Hutton, who has challenged his responsibly connected status.

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