The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against Big Bear Storage and Packing Inc.
The Pompano Beach, Fla.-based company allegedly failed to make payment to 31 produce sellers in the amount of $1,24 million from December 2011 through June 2013, according to a news release from the USDA.
Big Bear Storage and Packing Inc. will have an opportunity to request a hearing, according to the release. If USDA finds that the company committed repeated and flagrant violations, it would be barred from the produce industry for two years, according to the release. In addition, the company’s principals could not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee for one year and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond, according to the release.