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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has banned PK Produce Inc., Canton, Ohio, from doing business in the produce industry.

The action is a result of $872,222 in unpaid produce from 14 sellers from November 2017 to October 2018, violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a USDA news release.

PK Produce cannot operate in the industry until Aug. 31, 2022, and then after successfully applying for a PACA license.

Paul Kasapis, a principal at PK Produce, cannot be employed by or affiliated with a PACA licensee until Aug. 31, 2021, and only then after posting a USDA-approved surety bond, according to the release.

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