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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has barred Trinity Fresh Distribution from operating in the produce industry, with almost $4 million in unpaid shipments.

Trinity Fresh, Sacramento, Calif., has $3.9 million in unpaid produce bills, according to the USDA, in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a news release.

The company received the produce from 10 sellers from March 2018 to January 2019, according to a news release.

The company is barred from operating in the industry until June 3, 2022, and only after applying for and receiving a new PACA license.

The company’s principal, Paul Abess, cannot be employed by or affiliated with a PACA licensee until June 3, 2021, if he applies for and receives a USDA-approved surety bond, according to the release.

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