WASHINGTON, D.C. — Under regulations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, All American Farms Inc., Boynton Beach, Fla., has posted a $125,000 surety bond with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to employ Daniel Battaglia, previously named in a PACA action, according to a USDA news release.
Battaglia was the owner of Palm Coast Produce Co., Boynton Beach, a company which failed to pay a reparation award issued against it under the PACA.
Any PACA licensee wishing to employ persons who have failed to pay a reparation award, or have been subject to a USDA disciplinary action, must post a USDA-approved surety bond.
USDA will hold the $125,000 bond for four years, providing assurance to the industry that the company will be able to pay for produce purchased and to conduct its business according to PACA rules.
The PACA requires that all interstate traders in fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables be USDA-licensed. The PACA establishes a code of good business conduct for the produce industry. USDA is authorized to suspend or revoke a trader's license for violating the act.