California, Texas businesses sanctioned for PACA violations

California, Texas businesses sanctioned for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sanctioned companies in California and Texas for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

The PACA sanctions, announced April 30, involve these companies, according to a USDA news release:

  • Fresh is Best Inc., Long Beach, Calif., for failing to pay $17,638 to a California seller. Ever Melchor, Antonio Melchor and Reina Melchor are listed as officers, directors and or/major stockholders of the business.
  • Martinez Fresh Produce LLC, Dallas, for failing to pay $17,767 to a seller in Texas. Arturo Martinez Isguerra was listed as a member of the business, according to the USDA.
  • SAR Quality Avocados Corp., McAllen, Texas, for failing to pay $102,783 to a New Jersey seller. Javier Sanchez Aguilar and Maria De Jesus Romero Sanchez were listed as officers, directors and/or major stockholders of the business. Luis F. Mejia was listed as a principal of the business, but he has challenged his responsibly connected status to the company, according to the USDA.

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