Produce Executive Dodges Sanctions Over Shortfall to Suppliers

Aug. 3, 2021, 9:40 PM

The USDA relied on flimsy evidence when finding that an executive at a produce distributor was actively involved in his company’s failure to pay suppliers, the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday.

The decision reverses the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s determination making Steven C. Finberg subject to licensing and employment sanctions under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The law requires prompt, full payment to fruit and vegetable suppliers.

At issue was his connection to a separate, earlier matter that had the company in hot water. Finberg was a vice president and then chief operating officer for Adams Produce Co. in the period ...

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