The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative action against Salyer American Fresh Foods Inc., Monterey, Calif., alleging that the company violated the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

The action alleges the company failed to make full payment to 10 sellers $257,629.50 for 55 lots of perishable agricultural commodities, which the company purchased, received and sold from March through June 2009, according to a news release.

The complaint also alleges that the company, from April through August 2009, failed to remit net proceeds, or balances thereof, in the total amount of $2,040,186.51 to 20 growers for 2,479,143 containers of produce, which the company, while acting as a growers’ agent, sold.

The company will have an opportunity to request a hearing. Should USDA find that the company committed the violations, it could be barred from the produce industry for two years.

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.