Release No.: 077-14
Nadine Wilkins (202) 720-8998
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2014 – Under regulations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA), Bix Produce Company LLC, operating in Naples, Fla., has posted a $100,000 surety bond.
The bond was posted with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to employ Bradley Beckman, previously named in a PACA action. Beckman was the only member of Custom Cuts Fresh LLC, Milwaukee, Wis., which was found to have committed repeated and flagrant PACA violations.
Any PACA licensee wishing to employ persons who have failed to pay a reparation award, or have been subject to a USDA disciplinary action, must post a USDA-approved surety bond.
USDA will hold the $100,000 bond for four years, providing assurance to the industry that the company will be able to pay for produce purchased and to conduct its business according to PACA rules.
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), PACA Division, regulates fair trading practices of produce businesses operating subject to PACA, which includes buyers, sellers, commission merchants, dealers and brokers within the fruit and vegetable industry. All oversight of actions related to PACA are conducted by AMS, an agency within USDA.
In the past three years, USDA resolved approximately 4,600 claims filed under PACA involving almost $87 million. This is just one more way USDA continues to support the fruit and vegetable industry.
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