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USDA Cites Cardile Brothers Mushroom Packaging Inc. in Pennsylvania for PACA

Release No.: 107-13 Contact:
Nadine Wilkins (202) 720-8998

 
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Cardile Brothers Mushroom Packaging Inc., of Avondale, Pa., for failure to pay for produce.

 
The company failed to pay $2,988,273 to 126 sellers for 1,806 lots of produce. This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). As a result of these actions, Cardile Brothers Mushroom Packaging Inc. cannot operate in the produce industry until June 3, 2015, at which time it may reapply for a PACA license.

 
The company’s principals, Charles E. Cardile and Michael P. Cardile, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until June 3, 2014, 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.

 
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), PACA Division, regulates fair trading practices of produce companies operating subject to PACA, which includes buyers, sellers, commission merchants, dealers, and brokers within the fruit and vegetable industry. USDA is authorized to suspend or revoke a company’s license for violations of PACA. All oversight of actions related to PACA are conducted by AMS, an agency within USDA.

 
In the past three years, USDA resolved approximately 5,000 claims filed under PACA involving $96 million. This is just one more way USDA continues to support the fruit and vegetable industry.

 
For further information, contact Josephine E. Jenkins, Chief, Investigative Enforcement Branch, at (202) 720-6873, by fax at (202) 720-8868, or by email at InvestigativeEnforcement@ams.usda.gov.

 
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  Last Modified Date: 06/17/2013