The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Pittsburgh-area produce wholesaler J.E. Corcoran Company for failure to pay for produce. J.E. Corcoran had been on Pittsburgh’s wholesale produce market for nearly 100 years.
The company failed to pay $2,521,981 to 41 sellers for 585 lots of produce from December 2014 to June 2016, violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). Produce companies seeking payment from J.E. Corcoran Co. include B&B Imports Inc., Growers Express and Tom Lange Co.
Due to their actions, the company’s principals, Anthony J. Vivirito, Jr., Anthony P. Vivirito and Linda V. Sasinoski, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until Feb. 21, 2019. If at that time they are affiliated with any PACA licensee it must be with USDA approval.
J.E. Corcoran Company cannot operate in the produce industry until Feb. 21, 2020, at which time it may reapply for a PACA license.