The U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken action against a Pennsylvania mushroom grower-shipper that has closed.
On Feb. 7, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against Avondale, Pa.-based Cardile Bros. Mushroom Packaging Inc.
According to the filing, Cardile failed to pay 126 produce sellers $2.99 million from September 2010 to January 2012.
In a June 2012 filing in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern district of Pennsylvania, Cardile officials said the company closed, had no real assets and had settled other claims with produce sellers.
In that case, the most recent of several involving the company over the past three years, Vineland, N.J.-based Wm. Consalo & Sons Farms Inc. settled with Cardile for $40,735. In its suit, Consalo had asked for $95,000.
Gwen Sparks, a USDA spokeswoman, said Cardile Bros. Mushroom Packaging Inc. is out of business.
But three related companies, which are not subject to PACA, are reportedly in operation, she said. They are Cardile Mushrooms Inc., a mushroom farm; Cardile Bros. Transportation, Inc., a freight company; and Cardile Bros. Holding Co. LLC.