As a 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 imposed sanctions on Write On Marketing Inc., Los Angeles, Calif., for failing to meet its contractual obligations to the sellers of produce it purchased. These sanctions include barring the business and the principal operators of the business from engaging in PACA-licensed business or other activities without approval from USDA. 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.
Write On Marketing Inc., failed to pay $619,195 to nine sellers for produce that was purchased, received and accepted in interstate and foreign commerce from August 2017 to July 2018. This is in violation of the PACA. Write On Marketing Inc., cannot operate in the produce industry until Jan. 9, 2022, and then only after they apply for and are issued a new PACA license by USDA.
The company’s principals, Arnulfo Diaz, Jose Salazar Jr. and Rudy Gomez Bravo, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until Jan. 9, 2021, and then only with the posting of a USDA approved surety bond.
USDA is required to publish the finding that a business has committed wilful, 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.
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