USDA Restricts PACA Violators in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee from Operating in the Produce Industry
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).
According to a recent USDA press release, the following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry:
United Foods Inc.
Operating out of Medley, FL; for failing to pay a $2,726 award in favor of a North Carolina seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Adrian Samaroo and Howard Teamkin were listed as the officers, directors and/or major stockholders of the business.
Operating out of Bronx, NY; for failing to pay a $23,424 award in favor of a New York seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Kil Chin Kim was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.
Operating out of Moscow, PA; for failing to pay a $24,165 award in favor of a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, David M. Martin was listed as a member of the business.
J.R. Gaw Produce Co. Inc.
Operating out of Cookeville, TN; for failing to pay an $11,533 award in favor of an Illinois seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Ronnie L. Gaw and Ronda A. Gaw were listed as the officers, directors and/or major stockholders of the business.
The PACA Division, which is part of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), regulates fair trading practices of produce businesses that are operating subject to PACA including buyers, sellers, commission merchants, dealers and brokers within the fruit and vegetable industry.
In the past three years, 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. These are just two examples of how USDA continues to support the fruit and vegetable industry.