USDA Files Action Against the Produce Connection Inc. in Florida for Alleged PACA Violations

Thu. April 26th, 2018 - by Melissa De Leon Chavez

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) against The Produce Connection Inc.

According to a press release, the company, operating from Florida, allegedly failed to make full payment to 58 produce sellers in the amount of $1,488,447 from June 2015 through January 2017.

The Produce Connection 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 for two years. Furthermore, its principals could not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee for one year and then only 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.

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. These are just two examples of how USDA continues to support the fruit and vegetable industry.

USDA's Agricultral Marketing Service