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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint against Fresh Produce Inc. for alleged Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act violations resulting in almost $375,000 in unpaid bills.

The Dallas wholesaler failed to pay $374,069 to 15 produce sellers from May 2018 to August 2019, according to a news release.

Fresh Produce Inc. can request a hearing. If the USDA decides the company has violated PACA regulations, it will be barred from the industry for three years, or two with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond. Company principals would be barred from being employed by or affiliated with a PACA licensee for two years, or one year with a surety bond, according to the release.

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