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USDA restricts PACA violators in four states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry:

  • Peisel Markets LLC, operating out of Madison, NJ, for failing to pay a $315,901 award in favor of a California seller.  As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Allen Peisel was listed as a member of the business.
  • Phillips Produce LLC, operating out of Plant City, FL, for failing to pay a $133,094 award in favor of a Minnesota seller.  As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Christopher Phillips was listed as a member of the business.
  • G&M Import Produce LLC, operating out of Bronx, NY, for failing to pay a $36,448 award in favor of a Florida seller.  As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Gil A. Fernandez was listed as a member of the business.
  • Integrity Produce LLC, operating out of Tieton, WA, for failing to pay a $3,729 award in favor of a Washington seller.  As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Nenita A. Denton and Carl A. Denton were listed as members of the business.

In the past three years, USDA resolved approximately 3,350 PACA claims involving more than $63 million. PACA staff also assisted more than 8,000 callers with issues valued at approximately $156 million.