Release No.: 177-18
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2018 – On Nov. 5, 2018, Ganaderos Borges Inc. (Ganaderos), Naguabo, Puerto Rico, a slaughtering packer, waived its right to a hearing, entered into a stipulation agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and paid a penalty of $7,250 for alleged violations of the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act.
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) investigation of Ganaderos revealed that Ganaderos failed to pay for livestock purchases within the timeframe required by the P&S Act. AMS also found when Ganaderos purchased livestock, it deducted a slaughter fee from the proceeds due the livestock sellers. The P&S Act and regulations prohibits packers from collecting service charges from livestock sellers. The practice of packers failing to pay timely for livestock purchases and collecting service charges from the livestock sellers is an unfair practice under the P&S Act.
The P&S Act authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to assess civil penalties of $27,500 to $28,061 per violation against any person after notice and opportunity for hearing on the record. USDA may offer alleged violators the option of waiving their right to a hearing and entering into a stipulation agreement to quickly resolve alleged violations.
The P&S Act is a fair trade practice and payment protection law that promotes fair and competitive marketing environments for the livestock, meat and poultry industries.
For further information about the Packers and Stockyards Act, contact Stuart Frank, Director, Packers and Stockyards Division, Fair Trade Practices Program, at (515) 323-2586, or by email at Stuart.Frank@usda.gov.
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