WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Superior Produce Inc., Dallas, for willful, repeated, and flagrant violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

As a result, the company cannot operate in the produce industry until May 19, 2011, and then only if it obtains a PACA license.

The company failed to make full payment promptly to 11 sellers of the agreed purchase prices in the total amount of $449,807.04 for 258 lots of produce, which the company purchased, received, and accepted in the course of interstate and foreign commerce during the period of June 2005 through October 2006.

USDA served the company with a complaint and the company failed to file an answer.

The company’s principals, Timothy Wages and Karen Bryant, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until May 19, 2010, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.