USDA Files Action Against Enson Group LLC, d/b/a Eternal Food Service in Ohio for Alleged PACA Violations

USDA Files Action Against Enson Group LLC, d/b/a Eternal Food Service in Ohio for Alleged PACA Violations



WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint against Enson Group, based in Ohio, doing business as Eternal Food Service, as part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry. Eternal Food Service allegedly failed to make payment promptly to 12 produce sellers in the amount of $707,592 from December 2018 through April 2019. With this filing, the USDA continues to enforce the prompt and full payment for produce while protecting the rights of sellers and buyers in the marketplace.

Direct from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service:

Enson Group LLC will have an opportunity to request a hearing. Should the USDA find that the company committed repeated and flagrant violations, it would be barred from the produce industry as a licensee for three years, or two years with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond. Furthermore, its principals could not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee for two years, or one year with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.

The PACA Division, which is a part of AMS’ Fair Trade Practices Program, regulates fair trading practices of produce businesses that are operating subject to the PACA, including buyers, sellers, commission merchants, dealers, and brokers within the fruit and vegetable industry.

In the past three years, the USDA resolved approximately 3,500 PACA claims involving more than $58 million. PACA staff also assisted more than 7,800 callers with issues valued at approximately $148 million. These are just two examples of how the USDA continues to support the fruit and vegetable industry.


To read the USDA's press release in its entirety, click here.

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