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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has determined that D2 Doll Partnership and Kris and Jim Langley were not “responsibly connected” to Chef’d LLC, and aren’t bound by potential Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act citations relating to unpaid claims.

Meal kit company Chef’d, El Segundo, violated the PACA by not paying a reparation award of $49,189 in November 2018, according to a USDA news release. The USDA sanctioned the business, barring principals of the company from the fresh produce industry by not allowing them to work at a PACA-licensed business.

USDA initially determined D2 Doll Partnership and the Langleys were responsibly connected to Chef’d, but they contested the finding. After a USDA hearing, the agency reversed its decision.

“As a result, D2 Doll Partnership, Kris Langley and Jim Langley may be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee,” according the news release.

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