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Florida company's $280K PACA violation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against J&R Fresh Produce LLC. The company, operating from Florida, allegedly failed to make payment promptly to seven produce sellers in the amount of $281,225 from August 2015 through June 2016.

J&R Fresh Produce LLC 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 for two years. Furthermore, its principal could not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee for one year and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.

In the past three years, the USDA resolved approximately 3,500 PACA claims involving more than $58 million. Its experts also assisted more than 8,000 callers with issues valued at approximately $140 million.