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PACA sanctions lifted from two produce businesses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that New Farm Inc. and Stay Fresh Distributors Inc. satisfied reparation orders issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

Brooklyn, NY-based New Farm and Brooksville, FL-based Stay Fresh can continue operating in the produce industry upon applying for and being issued PACA licenses.

Jong Hwa H. Kim was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of New Farm and may now be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee. Similarly, Jason A. Canals was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder of Stay Fresh and may now be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee.

In the past three years, the USDA resolved approximately 3,500 PACA claims involving more than $58 million. Its experts also assisted more than 8,000 callers with issues valued at approximately $140 million.