USDA releases latest produce company restrictions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).

The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry:

  • Economic Tropical Foods Ltd., operating out of Rochester, N.Y., for failing to pay a $243,986 award in favor of a Florida seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Frank Oliveri was listed as the officer, director, and major stockholder of the business.
  • J. T. Fruit Company Inc., operating out of McAllen, Texas, for failing to pay a $3,600 award in favor of a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, James T. Obst was listed as the officer, director, and major stockholder of the business.
  • Jacobs Village Farm, operating out of Brooklyn, N.Y., for failing to pay a $32,357 award in favor of a Pennsylvania seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Jacob Yusifov was listed as the officer, director, and major stockholder of the business.
  • Lau Enterprises II Inc., operating out of Miami, Fla., for failing to pay a $25,214 award in favor of a Florida seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Leonardo Gonzalez was listed as the officer, director, and major stockholder of the business.
For more information:
John Koller
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Tel: (202) 720-2890
Email: PACAdispute@ams.usda.gov
Website: www.usda.gov

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