United States Department of Agriculture Cites Farm Fresh Packers for PACA Violations
WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently revealed it has imposed sanctions on Farm Fresh Packers for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). These sanctions include barring the Pompano Beach, 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:
Farm Fresh Packers failed to pay $309,860 to four sellers for produce that was purchased, received, and accepted in interstate commerce from July 2017 to November 2018. This is in violation of the PACA. Farm Fresh Packers cannot operate in the produce industry until August 9, 2024, and then only after they apply for and are issued a new PACA license by USDA.
The company’s principal, Miranda Pfaff, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA license until August 9, 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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