McAllen Produce cited for $405K PACA debts

McAllen Produce cited for $405K PACA debts

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited McAllen Produce LLC and Charles Jeffrey Edwards for not paying for more than $405,000 worth of produce.

In May 2017 the USDA filed an administrative complaint under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act alleging the Weslaco, Texas-based firm had failed to pay $405,527 to 14 produce sellers from December 2014 to December 2015, according to a news release.

The administrative complaint named Brenda E. Edwards and Charles Jeffrey Edwards as the responsibly connected individuals.

USDA and the named parties agreed to a Consent Decision and Order finding that McAllen Produce and Charles Edwards willfully and repeatedly violated the PACA by not paying for produce, while the case against Brenda Edwards was dismissed, according to the release.

McAllen Produce and Charles Edwards cannot apply for a PACA license until Sept. 21, 2020. Charles Edwards and the company’s principal officer of record, Lori J. Edwards, can’t be employed by any PACA licensee until Sept. 21, 2019, according to the release.

Also, the company’s sole shareholder, DJJJ Trust, can’t be affiliated with any PACA licensee until Sept. 21, 2019.