United States Department of Agriculture Lifts PACA Reparation Sanctions on Florida Produce Business
WASHINGTON, DC - After imposing sanctions against WWD Fruits, doing business as B Fruits, in February 2023, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Miami, Florida-based business satisfied a reparation order in the amount of $60,725. The order was issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) involving an unpaid produce transaction.
Having met its obligation, WWD Fruits is now free to operate in the produce industry upon applying for and being issued a PACA license. Damian V. Segal was listed as the manager/member of the business and may now be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee.
Direct from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service:
PACA provides an administrative forum to handle disputes involving produce transactions. This may result in USDA’s issuance of a reparation order that requires damages to be paid by those not meeting their contractual obligations in buying and selling fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. USDA is required to suspend the license or impose sanctions on an unlicensed business that fails to pay PACA reparations awarded against it, as well as impose restrictions against those principals determined to be responsibly connected to the business when the order is issued. 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.
Once a reparation order is fully satisfied and it is confirmed that there are not any outstanding unpaid awards, USDA lifts the employment restrictions of the previously named, responsibly connected individuals. USDA also requires any unlicensed company that fully satisfies all unpaid reparation awards to obtain a license if it continues to operate in the industry.
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