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USDA cites Texas shipper with PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on Fresh Produce Inc. (Fresh Produce), Dallas, Texas, for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). 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.

Fresh Produce failed to pay $374,069 to 15 sellers for produce that was purchased, received, and accepted in interstate and foreign commerce from May 2018 to August 2019. This is in violation of the PACA. Fresh Produce cannot operate in the produce industry until April 16, 2023, and then only after it applies for and are issued a new PACA license by USDA.

The company’s principal, Julio Nolasco, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until April 16, 2022, and then only with the posting of a USDA approved surety bond.

USDA is required to publish the finding that a business has committed willful, 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.

For further information, contact Corey Elliott, chief, Investigative Enforcement Branch, at (202) 720-6873 or PACAInvestigations@usda.gov.

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

For more information:
Public Affairs
USDA
Tel: +1 (202) 720-8998
PA@usda.gov 
www.ams.usda.gov 


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