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$1M PACA violation in California

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on Old West Export Inc. in Visalia, CA, 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.

Old West Export Inc. failed to pay $1.06 million to five sellers for produce that was purchased, received and accepted in interstate and foreign commerce from March 2018 to November 2018. This is in violation of the PACA. Old West Export Inc. cannot operate in the produce industry until Jan. 14, 2023, and then only after they apply for and are issued a new PACA license by USDA.

The company’s principals, Dave Muse and Frances Murillo, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until Jan. 14, 2022, and then only with the posting of a USDA approved surety bond.

In the past three years, USDA resolved approximately 3,625 PACA claims involving more than $104 million. PACA staff also assisted more than 7,600 callers with issues valued at approximately $166 million.

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