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The PACA Primer – An Introduction and Overview of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and PACA Law

Introduction The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act of 1930, known as “the PACA” or just “PACA,” is one of the most important Federal agricultural laws governing the U.S. produce marketing industry. Every domestic and international grower, marketer, broker, and dealer buying or selling produce in America must have a good working knowledge of this law. PACA sets the “rules of the road” when it comes to the marketing of produce in the United States. Indeed, PACA

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La Cartilla PACA – Una Introducción y Visión General de la Ley de Productos Agrícolas Perecederos

Introducción La Ley de Productos Agrícolas Perecederos de 1930, conocida como “la PACA” o simplemente “PACA”, es una de las más importantes leyes agrícolas federales que rigen la industria de la comercialización de productos de los Estados Unidos. Cada productor, agente comercializador, corredor, y distribuidor de compra o de venta de productos, nacionales e internacionales, en América debe tener un buen conocimiento de esta ley. PACA establece las “reglas del camino” cuando se trata de

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Payment Plans for Produce Buyers After Default No Longer Risk the Loss of PACA Trust Protection

On April 11, 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) issued a final rule allowing produce sellers to enter into post-default payment plans with buyers without forfeiting the important Trust protections created by the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (“PACA”). The final rule is published in the April 12, 2011 edition of the Federal Register, pages 20217 through 20. The USDA amended Section 46.46 of its regulations in Chapter 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations,

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Are You Ready for a Produce Recall?

Recalls have become a fact of life in the perishable produce industry. Every grower, marketer, and other company involved in the distribution chain is at risk for a recall, even if a contaminated product only passed through their hands and the distributor was not the source of the contamination. A recall arising out of a food safety incident can be a potentially catastrophic financial event for any company, however large or small. After the disaster

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An Overview for the Fresh Produce Industry of Recall Insurance for Food Safety Events

Recalls arising from a food safety event involving potentially unsafe agricultural products are now a fact of life in the produce industry. Hardly a week goes by that some industry publication does not include a story of a major recall of fresh produce. Under the recent Food Safety Modernization Act, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now has the right to order a mandatory recall of any food product believed to be reasonably likely to

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