USDA sanctions four businesses for PACA violations
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has restricted produce companies in California, New Jersey, Texas and Washington.
The sanctions result from Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act violations, and include suspending PACA licenses and barring principal operators from working at PACA-licensed businesses without USDA approval, according to a news release.
The companies and principals are:
- Hector H. Gonzales, doing business as Hugo Produce, Los Angeles, Calif., for not paying $4,676 to a California produce seller. Hector H. Gonzales was listed as the sole proprietor of the business.
- Miami Growers Inc., Jersey City, N.J., for not paying $6,960 to a seller in Hawaii. Kanti V. Patel was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business, according to the release.
- Texas Green Grove Produce LLC, McAllen, Texas, for not paying $10,312 to a Texas seller. As of the date of the reparation order, Luis F. Mejia was listed as a member of the business.
- CTA Inc., doing business as American Freeze Dry, Ferndale, Wash., for not paying $114,609 to a Washington seller. Jonathan Tan, Gurprett S. Cheema and Jagit S. Aujia were the officers, directors and/or major stockholders of the business when the reparation order was issued.