Dutchie Boy Produce Inc. faces action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act for allegedly failing to pay 15 sellers a total of $150,772.

According to a May 26 news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Springfield Township, N.J.-based company purchased the produce between July 2009 and January 2010.

In accordance with PACA provisions, the company has the right to request a hearing. If the USDA finds that the company violated PACA rules, it will be barred from the produce industry for two years. If that happens, its principals cannot be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee for a year. After a year, they could re-enter the industry by posting a surety bond approved by the USDA.

Reparation awards

Fourteen produce businesses are under sanctions by the USDA for their failure to pay reparation awards issued under the PACA, the USDA announced in notices released on May 24 and 25. The following businesses and their principals cannot operate in the produce industry:

• Ver Mex Produce, McAllen, Texas, for failing to pay a $2,481.20 award in favor of a Texas seller. The responsibly connected proprietor is Arturo Villarreal.

• S. Chaires & Sons, Dallas, for failing to pay a $3,685.00 award in favor of a Texas seller. The responsibly connected proprietor is Miguel A. Chairez.

• Robling & Catalani Inc., Nogales, Ariz., for failing to pay a $1,293.64 award in favor of a California seller. The responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is Mike Gracia.

• Source One Produce Inc., Visalia, Calif., for failing to pay a $22,335.35 award in favor of a California seller. The responsibly connected officers, directors, and stockholders are Jacqueline A. Delucas, Ryan A. Delucas, and Ronald G. Delucas Jr.

• Greenwell Produce Corp., New York, for failing to pay a $2,548.25 award in favor of a Pennsylvania seller. The responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is Giovanni J. Rodriguez.

• JS Enterprise US Inc., Englewood Cliffs, N.J., for failing to pay a $34,637.75 award in favor of a Texas seller. The responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is Jeung Seuk Lee.

• Mikey’s Choice LLC, New York, for failing to pay a $10,444 award in favor of a Florida seller. The responsibly connected member of the company is Minguelito Lam.

• Mystic Food Corp., Little Egg Harbor, N.J., for failing to pay a $7,203.86 award in favor of a Pennsylvania seller. The responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is Franklin Mejia.

• Agvest Inc., Cleveland, for failing to pay a $57,899.58 award in favor of a Pennsylvania seller. The responsibly connected officers, directors, and stockholders are Evelyn Kahn, Barry A. Schneider, Stanley Schneider, Patricia Schneider, Wendy D. Schneider, and Patricia Schneider Trust.

• Wholesale Discount Market Inc., Reading, Pa., for failing to pay a $28,203 award in favor of a North Carolina seller. The responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is Kenny Chen.

• 3 J’s Produce Inc., Los Angeles, for failing to pay a $23,100.21 award in favor of a California seller. The responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is Eduardo Marquez.

• El Arbolito Produce LLC, Orange, Calif., for failing to pay a $5,625 award in favor of a New Jersey seller. The responsibly connected member of the company is Adan Murillo Cortez.

• First Call Ltd. Inc., Leavenworth, Wash., for failing to pay a $19,337.50 award in favor of a Washington seller. The responsibly connected officer, director, and stockholder is Mark E. Kane.

• Mi Familia Produce, Dixon, Calif., for failing to pay a $25,036 award in favor of a California seller. The responsibly connected proprietor is Jesus A. Cabanillas.