USDA Files Action Against Trinity Fresh Distribution LLC in California for Alleged PACA Violations
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, has filed an administrative complaint against Trinity Fresh Distribution.
Directly from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service:
The company, operating from California, allegedly failed to make payment promptly to 10 produce sellers in the amount of $3,898,506 from March 2018 through January 2019.
Trinity Fresh Distribution LLC 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 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, 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 USDA continues to support the fruit and vegetable industry.
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