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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint against LoneStar Produce Express LLC, alleging the company violated the Perishable Agriculture Commodities Act.

LoneStar Produce, San Antonio, failed to pay nine produce sellers for $283,844 from December 2017 to October 2019, according to a news release.

The company can request a PACA hearing; if the USDA finds the company violated the PACA, it faces a three-year ban on owning a PACA license, or two years with a bond approved by the USDA.

Principals would not be able to work at or be affiliated with a PACA licensee for two years, or one year with an approved surety bond by the USDA.

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