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USDA restricts three Los Angeles PACA violators

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses — Nature Fresh Trading, Produce Delights and Durangito Produce — 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:

  • Nature Fresh Trading Inc., operating out of Los Angeles, for failing to pay a $59,388 award in favor of a Texas seller.  As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Pascual R. Castrellon was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.
  • Produce Delights LLC, operating out of Los Angeles, for failing to pay a $5,292 award in favor of a California seller.  As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Wael R. Abdallah was listed as a member of the business.
  • Jorge Esquivel, doing business as Durangito Produce, operating out of Los Angeles, for failing to pay a $2,457 award in favor of a California seller.  As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Jorge Esquivel was listed as the sole proprietor of the business.

In the past three years, USDA resolved approximately 3,400 PACA claims involving more than $58 million. PACA staff also assisted more than 8,500 callers with issues valued at approximately $151 million.