USDA bans Visalia packing house

Double D Sales Company Inc. is banned from USDA-licensed business for two years

VISALIA – A Visalia packing house has been banned from USDA-licensed business for two years for failing to pay contracts with three produce sellers totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

On Aug. 7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) imposed sanctions against Double D Sales Company Inc. in Visalia for failing to pay $378,663 to three produce sellers between July 2018 and September 2018. These sanctions include barring the business and the principal operators of the business from engaging in licensed business or other activities until Aug. 4, 2022, and then only after it applies for and is issued a new license by USDA. The company’s prin cipal, Derrick Daniell, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until August 4, 2021, and then only with the posting of a USDA approved surety bond.

“USDA is required to publish the finding that a business has committed willful, repeated and flagrant violations of PACA as well as impose restrictions against those principals determined to be responsibly connected to the business during the violation period,” the USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service said in a released statement. “Those individuals, including sole proprietors, partners, members, managers, officers, directors or major stockholders may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee without USDA approval.”

Phone numbers listed for the company had been disconnected and many of the emails for the company were no longer working. The owner of the company, listed as Derrick Daniell, had not responded to emails as of press time. The company was founded in 2012 and was listed as having sales over $1 million.

The complaint was filed as part of the USDA’s efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry. The PACA Division, which is a part of AMS’ Fair Trade Practices Program, regulates fair trading practices of produce businesses that are operating subject to the PACA, including buyers, sellers, commission merchants, dealers and brokers within the fruit and vegetable industry.

In the past three years, USDA resolved approximately 3,500 PACA claims involving more than $58 million. PACA staff also assisted more than 7,800 callers with issues valued at approximately $148 million. These are just two examples of how USDA continues to support the fruit and vegetable industry.

For more information regarding this matter, contact Travis M. Hubbs, Chief, Investigative Enforcement Branch, at 202-720-6873, or by email at [email protected].

By issuing these penalties, USDA continues to enforce the prompt and full payment for produce while protecting the rights of sellers and buyers in the marketplace.

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