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United States Department of Agriculture Restricts PACA Violator in Nevada from Operating in the Produce Industry

United States Department of Agriculture Restricts PACA Violator in Nevada from Operating in the Produce Industry

WASHINGTON, DC - Authorities with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that they have reimposed sanctions on Alko Green Fresh as part of their duties under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). The produce business has been sanctioned for failing to fully pay a reparation award amounting to $19,900 to an Illinois seller.

Direct from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service:

The award was previously reported as satisfied; however, the check tendered as payment of the award could not be processed due to insufficient funds. The sanctions include suspending the businesses’ PACA license and barring the principal operator of the business from engaging in PACA-licensed business or other activities without approval from USDA.

The following business and individual are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry:

  • Alko Green Fresh LLC, operating out of Las Vegas, Nevada, for failing to pay a $19,900 award in favor of an Illinois seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Jorge Ortega was listed as member of the business

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.

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.

For more information, and to read the release in full, click here.

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

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