Florida company cited for $385K PACA violations
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on Burbano Corp., d.b.a. CasaBella Farms Corp. (Burbano), in Miramar, FL, 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.
Burbano failed to pay $385,084 to four sellers for produce that was purchased, received and accepted in interstate and foreign commerce from March 2020 to September 2021. This is in violation of the PACA. Burbano cannot operate in the produce industry until July 11, 2025, and then only after they apply for and are issued a new PACA license by USDA.
The company’s principal, Luis Burbano, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until July 11, 2024, and then only with the posting of a USDA approved surety bond.
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.
In the past three years, USDA resolved approximately 3,500 PACA claims involving more than $165 million. PACA staff also assisted more than 6,600 callers with issues valued at approximately $169 million.