Florida company satisfies $2.8 million PACA debt

After a Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act complaint was filed in mid-December, the American Fruit and Produce Corp. of Opa Locka, Fla., has paid produce sellers in full, along with a $45,000 civil penalty, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Because American Fruit has satisfied the terms of a consent decision and order, the company remains licensed under the PACA and the case is closed, the USDA said March 1.
The complaint in December charged that American Fruit and Produce Corporation failed to make full payment promptly of $2.84 million to 38 sellers for multiple lots of produce, in violation of the PACA.