The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses for failing to meet contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). These sanctions include suspending the businesses’ PACA licenses and barring the principal operators of the businesses from engaging in PACA-licensed business or other activities without approval from USDA.
The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry:
- JJD Produce LLC, operating out of San Diego, California for failing to pay a $7,127 award in favor of a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Jorge A. Beltran Ritz and JB Resources LLC were listed as managers and members of the business.
- Espinal Export & Import Corporation, operating out of Bronx, New York for failing to pay a $13,312 award in favor of a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Emmanuel Espinal was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.
- Maya Coast Produce LLC, operating out of McAllen, Texas for failing to pay a $61,460 award in favor of a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Luis E. Chan Moguel and Rosie Rubio were listed as managers of the business.
PACA provides an administrative forum to handle disputes involving produce transactions; this may result in USDA’s issuance of a reparation order that requires damages to be paid by those not meeting their contractual obligations in buying and selling fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. USDA is required to suspend the license or impose sanctions on an unlicensed business that fails to pay PACA reparations awarded against it as well as impose restrictions against those principals determined to be responsibly connected to the business when the order is issued. Those individuals, including sole proprietors, partners, members, managers, officers, directors or major stockholders, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee without USDA approval.
By issuing these penalties, USDA continues to enforce the prompt and full payment for produce while protecting the rights of sellers and buyers in the marketplace.
Click here for an overview of companies that previously violated PACA.