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DeFranco Family Reunited: Losing Company Fulfills USDA Reparation Order, Restores Employment Opportunities

BySamantha Jones

Apr 3, 2024
California Business Sanctions by USDA under PACA Lifted

The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) is an administrative forum that resolves disputes related to produce transactions. When contractual obligations for buying and selling fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables are not met, reparation orders may be issued by the USDA for damages owed. Recently, the USDA announced that Parimar Inc., doing business as D. DeFranco & Sons, has fulfilled a $31,200 reparation order issued under PACA. This allows the Los Angeles, Calif.-based company to continue operating in the produce industry.

The officers and major stockholders of the business, Gerald S. DeFranco, Paul F. DeFranco, and Richard J. DeFranco, are now able to be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee. The USDA imposes sanctions on businesses that fail to pay PACA reparations ordered against them and restricts individuals determined to be responsibly connected to the business at the time the order is issued.

Once a reparation order is completely satisfied and all outstanding unpaid awards are settled, USDA lifts the employment restrictions on individuals connected to the business. For more information on PACA and dispute resolution, individuals can contact Penny Robinson-Landrigan, Chief of the Dispute Resolution Branch at (202) 720-2890 or PACAdispute@usda.gov.

By Samantha Jones

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