USDA suspends Top Tomato’s license - The Packer

USDA suspends Top Tomato’s license

11/29/2012 10:01:00 AM
By Tara Schupner Congdon

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has suspended Top Tomato Co.’s license for two years after it failed to meet its obligations to sellers.

The Pompano Beach, Fla.-based company failed to pay $331,447 to 11 sellers for 36 lots of produce. Because of this violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, Top Tomato Co. entered into a consent decision with the USDA and cannot operate in the produce industry until November 2014.

Top Tomato Co. was cited in February for failing to pay $15,120 to a Texas seller.

It also was sued in March by Gadsden Tomato Co. for $95,000. The co-plaintiffs in that suit were Gargiulo Inc. and Quincy Tomato Co., as well as Classie Growers, Taylor & Fulton Packing, Flavor-Pic Tomato Co., Mecca Family Farms, Whisenant Family Farms, Jones & Church Farms, Gulfstream Tomato Packing, Harllee Packing, and Juniper Tomato Growers.

Jeff Pfaff, chief executive officer and president, is the responsibly connected individual and cannot work in the industry for a year. After Nov. 3, 2013, he can be employed by any PACA licensee with USDA approval and the posting of a surety bond.



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Herb    
Pompano Beach Fl  |  February, 01, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Another story related to this. They appear to have abandoned the warehouse and left all the produce to rot. We and other businesses in the area now have to put up with an awful stench and no one seems interested in taking care of the problem.

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