The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against Miami-based The Produce Connection Inc.
The fresh-cut processor and wholesaler allegedly failed to make full payment to 58 produce sellers in the amount of $1,488,447 from June 2015 through January 2017, according to a news release.
Company partners Morris Corbitt III and Bruce Fishbein and their sons Dalton Corbitt and John Fishbein expanded the fresh-cut operations of The Produce Connection in 2015 by forming A Cut Above, which began operations in January 2015.
The Produce Connection 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 Produce Connection can request a hearing with the USDA, but would be barred from the industry for two years if the agency rules that the company committed repeated and flagrant violations of PACA rules. Responsibly connected individuals would be out of the industry for a year.