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Ionian Food Imports Inc., listed as a wholesaler and retailer of fresh olives in Stamford, Conn., has entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Ionian Food paid a civil penalty of $11,000 for allegedly violating section 3(a) of the Perishable Agriculture Commodities Act for conducting business operations subject to the PACA without having a valid and effective license from May 2016 to May 2017, according to a news release.

The consent decree also meant that USDA would issue a new PACA license to Ionian Food Imports upon application, and that the civil claims for violations under PACA related to the alleged previous operations without a license would be settled and relinquished.

The company paid the $11,000 penalty and applied for a PACA license, which it received last week, meaning it is now operating with a valid and effective PACA license, according to the release.