United States Department of Agriculture Cites Central Market of FL II in Florida for PACA Violations
WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently revealed it has imposed sanctions on Central Market of FL II for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). These sanctions include barring the Sarasota, Florida-based business and its principal operators from engaging in PACA-licensed business or other activities without USDA approval.
Direct from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service:
Central Market failed to pay $150,383 to eight sellers for produce that was purchased, received, and accepted in interstate and foreign commerce from November 2019 to May 2020. This is in violation of the PACA. Central Market cannot operate in the produce industry until May 23, 2024, and then only after they apply for and are issued a new PACA license by USDA.
The company’s principals, Nathan and Marsha Forrest, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA license until May 23, 2023, 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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