Release No.: 184-14
Nadine Wilkins (202) 720-8998
WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 – Under regulations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA), Dayka & Hackett LLC, operating in Reedley, Calif., posted a $250,000 surety bond.
The bond was required in order to employ Jerald Downs, previously named in a PACA action. Jerald Downs was the only officer of Market 52 Inc., Kingsburg, Calif., which was found to have committed repeated and flagrant violations of Section 2 of PACA.
Any PACA licensee wishing to employ individuals 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 $250,000 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 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 4,600 claims filed under PACA involving more than $87 million. This is just one more way USDA continues to support the fruit and vegetable industry.
Get the latest Agricultural Marketing Service news at www.ams.usda.gov/news or follow us on Twitter @USDA_AMS. You can also read about us on the USDA blog.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).