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Following up on a complaint filed in November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has now cited Cleveland-based Forest City Weingart Produce Co., for not paying for produce.

Last year’s complaint alleged the company had failed to pay $716,689 to 23 produce sellers from October 2014 to May 2017.

Forest City Weingart Produce Co.’s principals agree to a consent decision and order with the USDA finding that the company had indeed failed to pay that full amount, committing repeated and flagrant violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a news release.

Per PACA regulations, Forest City Weingart Produce Co. is barred from operating in the produce industry until Sept. 21, 2020, when it would be allowed to reapply for a PACA license.

Company principals Andrew J. Weingart and James B. Weingart can’t be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee for a year, until Sept. 21, 2019.

 
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