USDA lifts PACA reparation sanctions on California produce business

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Produce Delights LLC satisfied a $5,292 reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) involving an unpaid produce transaction.

The Los Angeles, Calif., company can continue operating in the produce industry upon applying for and being issued a PACA license. Wael R. Abdallah was listed as a member of the business and may now be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee.

PACA provides an administrative forum to handle disputes involving produce transactions; this may result in USDA’s issuance of a reparation order that requires damages to be paid by those not meeting their contractual obligations in buying and selling fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. USDA is required to suspend the license or impose sanctions on an unlicensed business that fails to pay PACA reparations awarded against it as well as impose restrictions against those principals determined to be responsibly connected to the business when the order is issued. 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.

Click here for an overview of companies who previously violated PACA.

For more information:
John Koller
USDA
Tel: +1 202 720 2890
Email: PACAdispute@usda.gov 


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