USDA Files Action Against Double D Sales Company Inc. in California for Alleged PACA Violations
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently filed an administrative complaint against Double D Sales Company Inc. as part of its latest efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). To ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the USDA filed an administrative action against the California-based company for allegedly failing to make payment promptly to three produce sellers in the amount of $378,663 from July 2018 through September 2018.
Direct from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service:
Double D Sales Company 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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