USDA Files Action Against Write On Marketing Inc. in California for Alleged PACA Violations
- by Jordan Okumura
WASHINGTON, DC - In its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint under the PACA against Write On Marketing Inc.
Direct from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service:
The company, operating from California, allegedly failed to make payment promptly to nine produce sellers in the amount of $619,195 from August 2017 through July 2018.
Write On Marketing Inc. will have an opportunity to request a hearing. Should USDA find that the company committed repeated and flagrant violations, it would be barred from the produce industry as a licensee for three years, or two years with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond. Furthermore, its principals could not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee for two years, or one year with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.
The PACA Division, which is in the Fair Trade Practices Program in the Agricultural Marketing Service, 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.
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