In today’s produce culture, it may seem and be proven that the pendulum is swinging more in the retailers favor than it is with keeping an equitable, harmonious playing field for both sellers and buyers of fresh/frozen commodities. That does not mean retailers, food service, wholesalers and other buyers have carte blanche to reject product that they or their in-house QC/QA team deem as “poor quality” or “not acceptable”.

Bryan Nickerson

As a benefit to Regular shipping members of Western Growers (WG), the Trade Practices & Commodity Services department has assisted members in consultation on sales contracts since 1966. This guidance and education of rights and remedies available to sellers of perishable commodities has been invaluable. As a direct result of this obtainable service, several million dollars per annual calendar year are recovered for WG regular members and millions more saved by members because of a phone call to WG.

Bryan Nickerson

Here at Western Growers Trade Practices, we encourage shippers to embrace a culture of best practices by putting in place every day procedures and protocols. As part of that mantra, I am pleased to provide a two-part guest blog from Mr. Bart Botta with the law firm of Rynn & Janowsky, LLP. Mr. Botta is a partner at Rynn & Janowsky which specializes in agriculture, PACA and employment law. You can view Mr. Botta’s bio HERE. Below, Mr.

Bryan Nickerson

In most scenarios, when a load of produce arrives at its destination by truck showing signs of a breach of contract related to quality and/or condition issues, the receiver has the right to reject the load if the product has not yet been unloaded from the carrier. However, the receiver must first obtain a USDA inspection to support that the load does not meet the terms of the contract and is a rightful rejection.

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