USDA Files Action Against Hunter Bros. Inc. in Pennsylvania for Alleged PACA Violations
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently filed an administrative complaint against Hunter Bros., a company operating out of Pennsylvania, for allegedly failing to make payment promptly to 26 produce sellers in the amount of $1,260,161 from May 2017 through September 2019.
Direct from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service:
Hunter Bros. Inc. will have an opportunity to request a hearing. Should the 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 a part of AMS’ Fair Trade Practices Program, regulates fair trading practices of produce businesses that are operating subject to the PACA, including buyers, sellers, commission merchants, dealers, and brokers within the fruit and vegetable industry.
In the past three years, the USDA resolved approximately 3,500 PACA claims involving more than $58 million. PACA staff also assisted more than 7,800 callers with issues valued at approximately $148 million. These are just two examples of how the USDA continues to support the fruit and vegetable industry.
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