The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against two companies, imposed sanctions on another, and lifted sanctions against a fourth.
MS Grand Inc., doing business as MS Grand, Lanham, Md., faces action under the PACA for allegedly failing to pay 62 sellers a total of $4,120,968.84. According to a July 28 notice, MS Grand allegedly owes the money for purchases made from August 2009 to October 2010.
The USDA also filed against Desert Star Produce LLC, Beaumont, Calif., for allegedly failing to pay four sellers a total of $349,850.02 for purchases made from June 2009 to October 2009.
MS Grand and Desert Star Produce can request a hearing. If the USDA finds that either company violated PACA rules, the company can be barred from the industry for two years.
The USDA has imposed sanctions under the PACA on One Brothers Produce LLC, Miami, Fla., for failing to pay a $48,154.50 reparation award to a Texas seller.
Victor Espinoza is the responsibly connected member. He cannot be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee without USDA approval.
The USDA has lifted PACA reparations sanctions on Tropical Depot Inc., Bronx, N.Y. In an Aug. 1 notice, the USDA said that Tropical Depot Inc. had satisfied a $19,885 reparation order issued under the PACA. Although Tropical Depot is license terminated and cannot operate in the produce industry, the responsibly connected officer, Luis N. Vargas, is permitted to be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee.