The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited seven produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

The businesses have been barred from operating in the produce industry until their awards are paid. USDA served complaints to the companies, which were given a chance to respond. USDA ordered payment of the following amounts.

The businesses are:

  • Zesty Roma Purveyors Inc., Chandler, Ariz., for failing to pay a $3,576 award in favor of an Idaho seller. The sole officer, director, and stockholder is Mark Minardo.
  • Fresh Obsession LLC, Mission Viejo, Calif., for failing to pay an $8,305 award in favor of a California seller. The sole member is Stephen Bruner.
  • Todd’s Inc., Vernon, Calif., for failing to pay a $2,440 award in favor of a California seller. The sole officer, director, and stockholder is Todd Levin.
  • Miami Best Tropical Ent. Inc., also doing business as M B T, Miami, for failing to pay a $6,078 award in favor of a California seller. The sole officer, director, and stockholder is Richard Vega.
  • Super 88 Market II Inc., Allston, Mass., for failing to pay a $7,887 award in favor of a Pennsylvania seller. The officers, directors, and major stockholders are Glenn Frank, Peter Luu, and George Luu.
  • Wholesale Distributors Inc., also doing business as Butcher’s Wholesale Distributors Inc., Baltimore, for failing to pay a $16,121 award in favor of an Illinois seller. The sole officer, director, and stockholder is Brian Butcher.
  • Midwest Produce Inc., St. Paul, Minn., for failing to pay a $62,776 award in favor of a California seller. The officers, directors, and major stockholders are Lee Vue and Peter Yang.