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USDA cites World Best Tropical

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited World Best Tropical LLC, Doral, Fla., for failure to pay for produce.

The company failed to pay $341,917 to eight sellers for 45 lots of produce from February 2014 through October 2014.

USDA filed an administrative complaint under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act last April, when the company had the opportunity to request a hearing.

Now, World Best Tropical cannot operate in the produce industry until March 17, 2019, when it can reapply for a PACA license, according to a USDA news release.

World Best Tropical was originally sanctioned by the USDA in January 2015 after failing to pay a $14,720 reparation award to a Florida seller. The company’s owner, Marcos Rodas Woo, was subsequently hired in July 2015 by Miami-based A&B Tropical Produce LLC, which posted a $75,000 surety bond with USDA in accordance with PACA rules.

The current USDA action says Woo may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until March 17, 2018, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.

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