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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions through the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act on Hunter Bros. Inc., Philadelphia.

The company failed to pay $1.26 million to 26 sellers from May 2017 to September 2019, according to a news release.

Sanctions include barring the company and its principal operators from engaging in PACA-licensed businesses. Hunter Bros. may not operate in the produce industry until Aug. 8, 2022, and only then if it applies for and receives a new PACA license.

Frank Wiechec III, cannot be employed by or affiliated with a PACA-licensed business until August 28, 2021, and only then if the USDA approves a surety bond.

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