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USDA Cites T and R Produce Wholesale and Trucking Inc. in Florida for PACA Violations

Release No.: 140-13
Contact:
Nadine Wilkins (202) 720-8998

 
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited T & R Produce Wholesale and Trucking Inc., in Sanford, Fla., for failure to pay for produce.

 
The company failed to pay $264,109.94 to four sellers for 29 lots of produce. This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). As a result of these actions, USDA and T & R Produce Wholesale and Trucking Inc. have entered into a consent decision and T & R Produce Wholesale and Trucking Inc. cannot operate in the produce industry until Aug. 21, 2015, at which time it may apply for a PACA license.

 
The company’s sole principal, Jeom T. Rim, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until Aug. 21, 2014, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.

 
Under PACA provisions, those individuals held responsibly connected to PACA violations including sole proprietors, partners, members, officers, directors, and 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 almost $96 million. This is just one more way USDA continues to support the fruit and vegetable industry.

 
For further information, contact Josephine E. Jenkins, Acting 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: 09/11/2013