The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on JLD Inc., doing business as North Country Wholesale, North Conway, N.H., for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. 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.
JLD failed to pay $260,260 to 18 sellers for produce that was purchased, received and accepted in interstate commerce from April 2018 to January 2019. This is in violation of the PACA. JLD cannot operate in the produce industry until Dec. 18, 2022, and then only after they apply for and are issued a new PACA license by USDA.
The company’s principals, Suren Donabedian, Jr., Lisa Donabedian and Margaret Donabedian may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until Dec. 18, 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.
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.
Click here for an overview of companies who previously violated PACA.