As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint under the PACA against Coram Deo Farms Inc. The company, operating from Arizona, allegedly failed to make payment promptly to four produce sellers in the amount of $221,564 from July 2017 through March 2018.
Coram Deo Farms Inc. will have an opportunity to request a hearing. Should 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.
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For further information:
Travis M. Hubbs
Tel: (202) 720-6873
Email: at PACAInvestigations@ams.usda.gov