The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint alleging B & B Organics Inc. failed to pay for more than $1 million in produce.
According to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act complaint, B & B Organics, Mishawaka, Ind., failed to pay 23 produce sellers $1.04 million from June 2017 to April 2019, according to a news release.
The company can request a hearing. If the USDA finds B & B Organics committed “repeated and flagrant” of the PACA regulations, it could be barred from operating in the industry with a PACA license for three years, or two years with an approved surety bond.
B & B Organics principals could also be barred from being employed by or affiliated with a PACA licensee for two years, or one year with a posted surety bond that’s approved by the USDA.