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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint against Poblano Fresh Produce Corp. for allegedly violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

Poblano Fresh, a Los Angeles produce wholesaler, failed to pay a produce seller for almost $231,000 from October through November 2019, according to a news release.

Poblano Fresh can request a hearing on the allegation. If the USDA finds the company violated the PACA, it would be barred from having a PACA license for three years, or two years with a USDA-approved surety bond.

Company principals who were “responsibly connected” to the company during the time it received the produce would be barred from employment by or affiliation with a PACA licensee, according to the release.

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