The U.S. Department of Agriculure has cited Liborio Markets #8 Inc., Colorado, for failing to pay $582,226 to 14 sellers for 297 lots of produce, according to a USDA news release.

USDA cites PACA violator, holds employment surety bondLiborio Markets #8 Inc. is barred from the produce industry until March 31, 2016, when it can reapply for a PACA license. The company’s principals, Liborio Holding Co., Enrique J. Alejo, John Alejo, and Enrique M. Alejo, may not be employed by any PACA licensee until March 31, 2015, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.

Surety bond posted

Central Grocers Inc., Joliet, Ill., posted a $50,000 surety bond with the USDA to to employ Thomas Hanyzewski, according to a USDA news release.

Thomas Hanyzewski’s former company, T J Produce Inc., Joliet, Ill., where he was the president and a stockholder, failed to pay reparation awards issued against it under PACA.

USDA will hold the $50,000 bond for four years, providing a guarantee to the industry that Central Grocers will operate in accordance with PACA rules.