The U.S. Department of Agriculture has suspended wholesaler Let-Us Produce Inc.’s Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act license because of unpaid bills.

Norfolk, Va.-based Let-Us Produce owes $1.18 million to 20 creditors, according to the USDA.

Under PACA, the company’s failure to pay means it cannot operate in the produce industry until at least Dec. 3, 2014, when it can reapply for a license.

Let-Us Produce’s owner, David Millison, can’t be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until Dec. 3, 2013. After that, he will need a USDA-approved surety bond to be employed by or affiliated with a licensee.

The USDA ruling came three months after Let-Us Produce was ordered to pay several creditors in resolution of a 2010 suit brought against the company in U.S. District Court for the Eastern district of Virginia.

On Sept. 5, the court ordered Let-Us to pay $101,394 to Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based Produce Alliance LLC and $64,607 to Jesup, Ga.-based Poppell’s Produce Inc. Other creditors included Philadelphia-based Procacci Bros. Sales Corp. and Watsonville, Calif.-based Monterey Mushrooms Inc.