N.J. produce company cited for $400K PACA violation
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on Southern Sun LLC in Woolwich, NJ, 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.
Southern Sun failed to pay $436,401 to five sellers for produce that was purchased, received and accepted in interstate and foreign commerce from February 2018 to November 2018. This is in violation of the PACA. Southern Sun LLC cannot operate in the produce industry until Dec. 8, 2022, and then only after they apply for and are issued a new PACA license by USDA.
The company’s principal, Paul Ross, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until Dec. 8, 2021, and then only with the posting of a USDA approved surety bond. The company’s other principal, Parminder Singh, has challenged his responsibility connected status.
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.