USDA Restricts Two PACA Violators in California from Operating in the Produce Industry
Apr 13, 2012 (Agriculture Department Documents and Publications/ContentWorks via COMTEX) --
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WASHINGTON, April 13, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) imposed sanctions on two produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).
The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry:
--Martin Coria, d/b/a Valley West Produce, operating out of Palm Springs, Calif., for failing to pay a $9,589.50 award in favor of a California seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Martin Coria was listed as the sole proprietor of the business.
--Rancho Rincado LLC, operating out of Temecula, Calif., for failing to pay a $17,001.90 award in favor of a California seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Thomas C. Hays was listed as the sole member of the business.
PACA provides for an administrative forum to handle disputes involving produce transactions; this may result in a reparation order being issued that requires damages to be paid by those not meeting their contractual obligations in buying and selling fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. The USDA is required to suspend the license of a business or impose sanctions on an unlicensed business that fails to pay PACA reparations awarded against it as well as impose restrictions against those principals determined to be responsibly connected to the business when the order is issued. Those individuals, including sole proprietors, partners, members, managers, officers, directors, or major stockholders, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee without USDA-approval.
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), PACA Division, regulates fair trading practices of produce businesses operating subject to the PACA, which includes buyers, sellers, commission merchants, dealers, and brokers, within the fruit and vegetable industry. All oversight of actions related to the PACA are conducted by the AMS, an agency within the USDA.
In fiscal year 2011, USDA resolved approximately 2,000 claims filed under the PACA involving $31 million. This is just one more way the USDA continues to support the fruit and vegetable industry.
For more information, contact John Koller, Chief, Dispute Resolution Branch at (202) 720-2890, by fax at (202) 690-2815, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding this matter.
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