Using a smartphone, buyers can instantly text or email you photos of fruits or vegetables you sold upon arrival, ostensibly giving you an indisputable snapshot of the quality and condition of your product. While such images can be informative, they should not take the place of securing a USDA or Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspection certificate in validating a claim.

Bryan Nickerson

The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA), enacted in 1930, is a law that authorizes the regulation of the buying and selling of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables in interstate and foreign commerce while suppressing unfair and fraudulent trading practices. While many aspects within the produce industry have evolved, e.g., farming practices, food safety integration, and digital utilization to name a few, the laws in place to regulate the fresh produce sector haven’t necessarily kept pace with the 21st century.

Bryan Nickerson

As a produce shipper with a reported problem load at contract destination, you shouldn’t solely depend on your buyer informing you that he or she has already obtained an opinion from the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) regional office that it was a “shipper problem.” Many times, buyers will contact PACA for advice and an opinion on a scenario; however, sometimes they may inadvertently fail to give all the pertinent facts to PACA when seeking an informal, real-time opinion.

Bryan Nickerson

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