United States Department of Agriculture Cites Burbano Corporation, d/b/a CasaBella Farms Corp. in Florida for PACA Violations
WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) imposed sanctions on Burbano Corporation, doing business as CasaBella Farms Corp., in Miramar, Florida, for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). These sanctions include barring the business and the principal operators of the business from engaging in PACA-licensed business or other activities without approval from USDA.
Direct from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service:
Burbano failed to pay $385,084 to four sellers for produce that was purchased, received, and accepted in interstate and foreign commerce from March 2020 to September 2021. This is in violation of the PACA. Burbano cannot operate in the produce industry until July 11, 2025, and then only after they apply for and are issued a new PACA license by USDA.
The company’s principal, Luis Burbano, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until July 11, 2024, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.
USDA is required to publish the finding that a business has committed willful, repeated, and flagrant violations of PACA as well as impose restrictions against those principals determined to be responsibly connected to the business during the violation period. 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.
By issuing these penalties, USDA continues to enforce the prompt and full payment for produce while protecting the rights of sellers and buyers in the marketplace.
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