The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently lifted employment restrictions on individuals associated with Parimar Inc., doing business as D. DeFranco & Sons, after the company successfully satisfied a $31,200 restitution order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Products Act (PACA). This allows the Los Angeles, California-based company to continue operating in the product industry.

The officers and principal shareholders of the company, Gerald S. DeFranco, Paul F. DeFranco and Richard J. DeFranco, may now be employed or affiliated with any PACA licensee. PACA serves as an administrative forum to resolve disputes related to produce transactions, often resulting in reparation orders issued by USDA for damages owed when contractual obligations for the purchase and sale of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables are not met.

Once a reparation order is fully satisfied and all remaining unpaid awards are settled, USDA lifts employment restrictions on individuals associated with the work. The USDA is required to suspend the license or impose sanctions on businesses that fail to pay PACA reparations ordered against them and impose restrictions on individuals found to be responsibly associated with the business at the time of the order.

For more information about PACA and dispute resolution, individuals may contact Penny Robinson-Landrigan, Chief of the Dispute Resolution Branch at (202) 720-2890 or

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