Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA)

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The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) is a federal law, enacted in 1930 at the request of the fruit and vegetable industry to promote fair trade.  The primary purposes of the PACA are to prevent unfair and fraudulent conduct in the marketing and selling of these perishable agricultural commodities and to facilitate the orderly flow of these commodities in interstate and foreign commerce.  The PACA is administered and regulated by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

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