( Courtesy Jones Potato Chip Co. )

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint against Jones Potato Chip Co. for alleged violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

The Mansfield, Ohio, company allegedly failed to pay four growers for $438,673 worth of product from November 2018 to March 2019, according to a news release. 

Jones Potato Chip Co. will have the opportunity to request a hearing on the allegations. If the USDA finds the company violated PACA, it could be barred from the produce industry for up to three years; two with a USDA-approved surety bond.

Principals could also be barred from working at or being affiliated with a PACA licensee for two years, or one year with an approved surety bond, according to the release.

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