24 September 2020
Case closed after potato chip company pays up
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has closed a Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act case against a potato chip company.
Jones Potato Chip Co., Mansfield, Ohio, originally “failed to make full payment promptly in the total amount of $438, 673 to four sellers of multiple lots of produce,” violating the PACA, according to an earlier decision from the USDA.
The company paid sellers for produce, but “not in a timely fashion in accordance with the PACA," according to the release.
After the USDA filed the PACA complaint, Jones Potato Chip Co. and the USDA entered into a consent decision and order, in which the company agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty “for making untimely payments to sellers for produce purchases,” according to the release.
“As a result of Jones Potato Chip Co. satisfying the terms of the consent decision and order, the finding that it had committed repeated and flagrant PACA violations was permanently abated without further process and the case has been closed,” according to the release.