The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sanctioned two businesses for failing to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

The following businesses are restricted from operating in the produce industry:

  • Sheppard Produce Inc., doing business as S & G Produce Company Inc., Twin Falls, Idaho, for failing to pay a $114,468 reparation award in favor of an Abbotsford, BC, Canada seller. The responsibly connected individuals are Marilyn Sheppard and Stanley Sheppard.
  • L&A Food Service LLC, Forest Park, Ga., for failing to pay a $67,363 reparation award in favor of a Georgia seller. The responsibly connected individuals are Jaime Bernardino, Jaime Raymundo and Angel Ruelas Castellano.

The USDA also lifted PACA sanctions against a New York company.

The Alphas Company of New York, Inc., New York, satisfied a $9,544 reparation award issued against it in early February. The company and its director, Peter Alphas, are now free to operate in the industry.

Bond posting

Friendly Fruit Inc., New Bedford, Mass., posted a $50,000 surety bond with the USDA in order to employ Peter Tasho.

Tasho previously was an owner of Tropical Banana Co. Inc., Chelsea, Mass., which the USDA banned in January after Tropical Banana failed to pay for nearly $750,000 in produce.