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The U.S. Department has imposed sanctions on four produce companies under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

The following businesses are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry due to PACA violations, according to a news release:

  • Bara Tropical Inc., Miami, for failing to pay $8,604 to a Texas seller. Maria M. Baglio and Flippo Baglio were listed as officers, directors and/or major stockholders of the business.
  • Fresh Produce Express LLC, Miami, for failing to pay $7,024 to a South Carolina seller. Henry M. Cabrera was listed as a member of the business.
  • Johnny Avocado Inc., Lynbrook, N.Y., for failing to pay $52,075 to a California seller. Johnny Gouzos was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.
  • The Fruit Club Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D., continues to be restricted from operating in the produce industry for failing to pay $108,384 to a Florida seller. Matthew Kleinsasser was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business, according to a news release.

After that Fruit Club reparation order was issued, the USDA issued another one, for failing to pay $67,500 to a Michigan seller. The sanction period against the company and Kleinsasser has been extended, according to the USDA.

 
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