(Aug. 1, 1:59 p.m.) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Mexican Specialties Produce, operating in Houston, Texas, has settled a reparation award issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

Mexican Specialties Produce may again operate in the produce industry. The business’ sole proprietor, Juan A. Galaviz, may also be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee.

PACA provides for damages to be paid by those not meeting their contractual obligations in buying and selling fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. Interstate traders operating as commission merchants, dealers or brokers, and conducting a sufficient volume of business must be USDA-licensed.

PACA requires USDA to suspend the license of a business that fails to pay reparations awarded against it.