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$2.5 million PACA violation for Pennsylvania company

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against Pennsylvania-based J.E. Corcoran Co. for allegedly failed to make payment to 41 produce sellers in the amount of $2.5 million from December 2014 through June 2016.

The company will have an opportunity to request a hearing. Should USDA find that the company committed repeated and flagrant violations, it would be barred from the produce industry for two years. Furthermore, its principals could not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee for one year and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.

In the past three years, the USDA resolved approximately 3,500 PACA claims involving more than $58 million. Its experts also assisted more than 8,000 callers with issues valued at approximately $140 million.