The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Salyer American Fresh Foods Inc., Monterey, Calif., for failure to make full payment to 10 sellers totaling $257,629.50 for 55 lots of produce. While acting as a growers’ agent, Salyer also failed to remit net proceeds to 20 growers totaling $2,040,186.51 for 2,479,143 containers of produce.

Salyer American cited for PACA violations

Salyer cannot operate in the produce industry until Aug. 11, 2012, at which time the company can reapply for a PACA license, according to a news release.

The company’s principals, Scott Salyer and Stefanie Salyer, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until Aug. 11, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.

The USDA also has cited J&N Produce Inc., Detroit, for failure to make full payment to 20 produce creditors for 589 lots of produce totaling $256,824.10, according to a news release.

J&N cannot operate in the produce industry until Aug. 17, 2012, at which time it may reapply for a PACA license.

One of the company’s principals, Joseph Ciolino, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until Aug. 17, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond. Another principal is challenging his responsibly connected status, according to the release.

O’Lippi & Co. Inc., San Francisco, was cited for failure to make full payment to nine sellers for 131 lots of produce totaling $639,574.36.

O’Lippi can't operate in the produce industry until Oct. 4, 2012, at which time it may reapply for a PACA license, according to a news release.

The company’s principals, W. Dennis Martin and Sally Martin, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until Oct. 4, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.

Administrative action

The USDA filed an administrative action against Chelsea, Mass.-based Tropical Banana Co. Inc., alleging the company failed to make full payment to 16 sellers of the agreed purchase prices or balances totaling $746,696.15, according to a news release. The company purchased, received, and accepted 281 lots of produce from August 2008 through April 2009.

Tropical Banana will have an opportunity to request a hearing. If the USDA finds that the company violated the PACA, it would be barred from the produce industry for two years, and its principals would not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee for one year and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond, according to the release.