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Genaro Produce Inc., Miami, has been barred from operating in the produce industry for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

The company failed to pay $284,981 to 10 fresh produce sellers as ordered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s PACA branch, according to a news release. Genaro Produce received the produce from September 2016 to October 2018.

The company cannot receive a PACA license until Aug. 10, 2022, and only then if the USDA approves the application.

Teodoro Aragon and Genaro Aragon, the company’s principals, cannot be employed by or affiliated with a PACA licensee until Aug. 10, 2021, if they post a USDA-approved surety bond, according to the release.

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