The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited two companies under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, and restricted another from operating in the produce industry.

The following companies face action under the PACA:

  • Babaluci Fresh Fruit & Vegetables LLC (Babaluci), Tucson, Ariz., for allegedly failing to pay a seller a total of $1,773,200.42 for 68 lots of produce. The responsibly connected principal is Marco Squeiros.
  • Mas Por Menos LLC, Charlotte, N.C., for allegedly failing to pay 10 sellers a total amount of $251,735.80 for 75 lots of produce. The responsibly connected principals are Laura J. Lazo, Samuel Flores Lazo, and Saul Flores Lazo.

According to July 1 notices from the USDA, the companies cannot operate in the industry for a year, and the responsibly connected parties cannot be employed by any PACA licensee for a year.

The USDA also sanctioned Paradise Produce Inc., Bayside, N.Y., from operating in the industry after it failed to pay a $21,139.50 reparation award in favor of a California seller. The sole responsibly connected principal is Nak W. Kwang.