Release No.: 155-19
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2019 – Produce Packaging, Inc., operating out of Cleveland, Ohio, has posted a $100,000 surety bond with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to employ Andrew Weingart, as required by the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).
In September 2018 the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) found that Forest City Weingart Produce Co., Cleveland, Ohio, committed repeated and flagrant violations of the PACA. Andrew Weingart was the president and a stockholder of the company during the violation period.
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 $100,000 bond for four years and nine months, providing assurance to the industry that the firm will be able to pay for produce purchased and to conduct its business according to PACA rules.
The PACA Division, which is a part of AMS’ Fair Trade Practices Program, regulates fair trading practices of produce businesses that are operating subject to the PACA, including buyers, sellers, commission merchants, dealers and brokers within the fruit and vegetable industry.
In the past three years, USDA resolved approximately 3,500 PACA claims involving more than $58 million. PACA staff also assisted more than 7,800 callers with issues valued at approximately $148 million. These are just two examples of how USDA continues to support the fruit and vegetable industry.
For further information, contact Travis M. Hubbs, Chief, Investigative Enforcement Branch, at (202) 720-6873, or by email at PACAInvestigations@usda.gov.
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