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The U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, has filed a complaint against National Produce Sales for more than $820,000 in unpaid produce shipments.

National Produce Sales Inc., Chicago, allegedly failed to pay seven produce companies a total of $820,456 from January 2016 to February 2018, according to a USDA news release.

National Produce Sales can request a hearing. If the USDA finds the company and its principals violated the PACA, the USDA can bar it for three years from the business; two with an approved surety bond. Likewise, those who are “responsibly connected” to the company can be barred from being employed by or affiliated with a PACA licensee for two years, or one year with an approved surety bond, according to the release.

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