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USDA Restricts PACA Violators in California, Florida, and New York from Operating in the Produce Industry

USDA Restricts PACA Violators in California, Florida, and New York from Operating in the Produce Industry



WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses for failure to meet contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). In total, the three businesses failed to pay $79,606.

Direct from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service:

The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry:

  • New Start Produce, operating out of Los Angeles, California, for failing to pay a $44,890 award in favor of a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Carmen Puente and Lucia Vargas Bodart were listed as the officers, directors, and/or major stockholders of the business
  • Linda Mar Imports Incorporated, operating out of Medley, Florida, for failing to pay a $17,198 award in favor of a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Maria Nunez was listed as the officer, director, and major stockholder of the business
  • OM Vegetable Inc., operating out of Hicksville, New York, for failing to pay a $17,518 award in favor of a New Jersey seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Amandeep Singh was listed as the officer, director, and major stockholder 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 press release in its entirety, click here.

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service



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