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PACA sanctions imposed on four produce businesses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

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

  • New Taikong Wholesale Co. Inc. operating out of Salt Lake City for failing to pay a $109,957 award in favor of a California seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Tran Milan was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.

  • Steven Produce King Inc. operating out of Brooklyn, NY, for failing to pay a $38,583 award in favor of a Florida seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Shy S. Yosofov was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.

  • Foodland Distributors Inc. operating out of Kenilworth, NJ, for failing to pay a $17,830 award in favor of a New Jersey seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Glen D. Walters was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.

  • Southern California Produce Inc. operating out of South El Monte, CA, for failing to pay a $12,104 award in favor of a California seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Paul Tsan was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.

In the past three years, the USDA resolved approximately 3,500 PACA claims involving more than $58 million. Its experts also assisted more than 8,000 callers with issues valued at approximately $140 million.