Rome’s Zartic, Inc. a subsidiary of Pierre Foods in Cincinnati, Ohio, has posted a $200,000 bond with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to obtain a license to operate in the produce industry.

Zartic, founded by James E. Mauer in 1976, has been a maker and distributor of packaged beef, poultry, pork and veal for decades but according to USDA regulations, has been required to get a permit to distribute produce.

A spokesman for the USDA said that apparently the company has been including vegetables in some of its packaged product. Any company which purchases or sells more than 2000 pounds of fresh or frozen produce is required to have a license under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

Rome News Tribune