The U.S. Department of Agriculture has suspended Pacific Rim Onion Inc. for failing to pay for more than $340,000 in produce.

The Salem, Ore.-based company failed to pay two sellers $340,687 for 67 lots of produce, a violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

As a result, Pacific Rim Onion is barred from operating in the industry until May 24, 2015.

Michael Aker, the responsibly connected principal, cannot work in the industry until May 24, 2014, at which time any PACA licensee may post a surety bond to employ him.