USDA Cites Ringer & Son Brokerage Co. in Colorado for PACA Violations
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it recently imposed sanctions on Ringer & Son Brokerage Co. for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). These sanctions against the Brighton, Colorado-based company include barring the business and the principal operators from engaging in PACA-licensed business or other activities with the USDA’s approval.
Direct From the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service:
Ringer failed to pay $278,943 to nine sellers for produce that was purchased, received, and accepted in interstate and foreign commerce from May 2019 to December 2019. This is in violation of the PACA. Ringer cannot operate in the produce industry until December 13, 2023, and then only after they apply for and are issued a new PACA license by USDA.
The company’s principals, Joshua Johnson and Stephanie Johnson, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until December 13, 2022, 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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