The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on two produce businesses.
The sanctions were imposed on the companies for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a news release.
The USDA said in the release that the following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry:
- Harvest Soul LLC, operating out of Fairburn, Ga., for failing to pay a $5,492 award in favor of a Florida seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Kevin Quirk was listed as a member of the business; and
- Church Hill Farms and Logistics, operating out of York, Pa., for failing to pay a $1,063,529 award in favor of a California seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Vincenzo F. Giuffrida was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of the business.
For more information on the cases, contact John Koller, Chief, Dispute Resolution Branch, at (202) 720-2890, or by email at [email protected]