The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Lucas Trading Co. LLC, St. Charles, Mo., for not paying for more than $650,000 worth of produce.

The company failed to pay $656,325 to 18 sellers for 76 lots of produce it purchased, received and accepted in interstate commerce from May 2015 through September 2016, according to a news release.

USDA filed an administrative action against Lucas Trading in July, also for $656,325, when the company had the chance to request a hearing. USDA had originally sanctioned the company a year ago for not paying $50,522 to a California seller.

Per PACA rules, Lucas Trading is barred from the produce industry for two years, until Nov. 24, 2019, when it can reapply for a PACA license.

Charles Lucas, the company’s principal, is not allowed to work with any PACA licensee for a year, and then only with the posting of a surety bond.



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