Under regulations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, Harvin Foods Inc., Wilmington, Del., has posted a $40,000 surety bond with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to employ Raymond Maragni Jr., who was previously named in a PACA action, according to a news release.

Maragni was an officer of Champion Produce Inc., Manahawkin, N.J., a company which failed to pay a reparation award issued against it.

Any PACA licensee wishing to employ someone who has failed to pay a reparation award must post a USDA-approved surety bond.

USDA will hold the $40,000 bond for four years, assuring the industry that the company will be able to pay for produce purchased and to conduct its business according to PACA rules.

The PACA requires that all interstate traders in fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables be USDA-licensed.

PACA reparation

The USDA also announced that Integrated Marketing Systems, Minneapolis, has settled a reparation award issued under PACA, according to a news release.

Integrated Marketing Systems’ sole officer, director, and stockholder, Brent Johanson, may be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee.

PACA requires USDA to suspend the license of a business that fails to pay reparations awarded against it.