Carbonella Desarbo Inc., New Haven, Conn., posted a $100,000 surety bond to employ David Makas, who was previously named in a Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act action, according to a news release.

Under PACA rules, PACA licensees must post a USDA-approved surety bond when wanting to hire someone who has failed to pay a reparation award, and Makas was an officer of M&M Produce Inc., Hartford, Conn., when the company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in March 2015, leaving more than $2.8 million owed to produce companies covered by PACA.

USDA holds surety bonds for four years as guarantee to the produce industry that the company will pay for produce purchased and follow PACA rules.