USDA suspends 5 businesses for PACA violations
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is suspending the business licenses of five produce companies for Perishable Agricultural Act violations.
The businesses and their principal operators are barred from engaging in PACA-licensed businesses, according to a news release.
The businesses and operators are:
- Academy Fruit Co. LLC, Clovis, Calif., for not paying $9,600 to an Illinois seller. Jayson Paul Scarborough is a member or manager of the business.
- Epic Fresh Produce LLC, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for not paying $97,319 to an Arizona seller. Mario Cardenas was listed a member or manager of the business.
- PK Produce Inc., Canton, Ohio, for not paying $23,370 to a New York seller. Paul Kasapis is the officer, director and/or major stockholder of the business.
- EJ Produce Inc., Dallas, for not paying $1,094 to a Texas seller. Julio Guzman and Eugenio Cuellar were listed as the officers, directors and/or major stockholders.
- Terra Organica Inc., Bellingham, Wash., for not paying $15,706 to an Oregon seller. Stephen Trinkaus was the officer, director and/or major stockholder of the business.
- USDA suspends PACA licenses or imposes sanctions on businesses that fail to pay PACA reparations awarded against it, according to the release.