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Fresh & Easy fined for flagrant and repeated PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture cited Fresh & Easy LLC of Riverside, CA, for failure to make full payment promptly in the total amount of $201,468 to 23 sellers for multiple lots of produce in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

Subsequent to the complaint being filed Dec. 14, 2016, the USDA and Fresh & Easy LLC entered into a consent decision and order finding that the company committed flagrant and repeated violations of the PACA. 

Fresh & Easy paid the produce sellers in full and paid a civil penalty in the amount of $30,000.  Because the company has satisfied the terms of the consent decision and order, it remains licensed under the PACA and this case is closed.

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.

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