USDA restricts PACA violator in Oregon

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on one produce business for failing to meet contractual obligations to the seller of produce they purchased and failing to pay a reparation award issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). These sanctions include suspending the business’s PACA license and barring the principal operator of the business from engaging in PACA-licensed business or other activities without approval from USDA.

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

  • EasyPeasy LLC, operating out of Salem, Oregon, for failing to pay a $13,107 award in favor of an Oregon seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Eric L. Burdge was listed as the manager and member of the business.

PACA provides an administrative forum to handle disputes involving produce transactions; this may result in USDA’s issuance of a reparation order that requires damages to be paid by those not meeting their contractual obligations in buying and selling fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. USDA is required to suspend the license or impose sanctions on an unlicensed business that fails to pay PACA reparations awarded against it, as well as impose restrictions against those principals determined to be responsibly connected to the business when the order is issued. Those individuals, including sole proprietors, partners, members, managers, officers, directors, or major stockholders, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee without USDA approval.

By issuing these penalties, USDA continues to enforce the prompt and full payment for produce while protecting the rights of sellers and buyers in the marketplace.

Click here for an overview of companies that previously violated PACA.

For more information:
PACA
Dispute Resolution Branch
Tel: +1 (202) 720-2890
PACAdispute@usda.gov  
https://www.ams.usda.gov/     


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