The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Miami’s The Produce Connection Inc., for not paying for produce — a whole lot of produce.
USDA found that the company violated the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act by not paying $1,657,473 to 55 sellers for produce it purchased and received from June 2015 to January 2017, according to a news release.
In April, the USDA filed an administrative action against The Produce Connection for allegedly failing to pay $1,488,447 to 58 produce sellers during that same period of time.
The company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Southern District of Florida in December 2016, according to online court filing documents.
The USDA’s citation means that The Produce Connection is barred from operating in the produce industry for two years, until Aug. 5, 2020, when it would be eligible to reapply for a PACA license.
Company principals Bruce S. Fishbein and Morris E. Corbitt III also can’t be employed or affiliated with any PACA licensee until Aug. 5, 2019, according to the release.