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Georgia company out of produce industry over $873k PACA violation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Valley Produce Corp., operating out of Jonesboro, GA, for failure to pay $873,986 to 19 sellers for produce, which was purchased, received and accepted in interstate commerce from August 2016 through October 2017.  This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

As a result of these actions, Valley Produce Corp. cannot operate in the produce industry until Oct. 1, 2020, at which time they may reapply for a PACA license. The company’s principal, Mario A. Lazo Sr., may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until Oct. 1, 2019, and then only with the posting of a USDA approved surety bond.

In the past three years, USDA resolved approximately 3,400 PACA claims involving more than $58 million. PACA staff also assisted more than 8,500 callers with issues valued at approximately $151 million.