USDA Cites Frozen Food Development in Pennsylvania for PACA Violations



USDA Cites Frozen Food Development in Pennsylvania for PACA Violations


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WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday afternoon, we received word that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it had cited Frozen Food Development, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for failure to pay for produce. The USDA filed a complaint in January 2023 alleging that Frozen Food failed to pay $2,479,131 to 22 sellers.

Direct from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Serve:

The parties subsequently agreed to a Consent Decision and Order finding that Frozen Food committed willful, repeated, and flagrant violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) by failing to pay $2,479,131 to 22 sellers for produce from July 2021 to June 2022. One seller remains unpaid in the amount of $1,002,065.

As a result of the violations, Frozen Food is not eligible to apply for a PACA license until May 30, 2026. Furthermore, the company’s sole shareholder and principal, Gary Gregory, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until May 30, 2025, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.

USDA is required to publish the finding that a business has committed willful, repeated and flagrant violations of PACA as well as impose restrictions against those principals determined to be responsibly connected to the business during the violation period. 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.


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