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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sanctioned Custom Fresh Cuts Inc. in a Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act case involving almost $700,000 in unpaid produce shipments.

Custom Fresh Cuts, Los Angeles, failed to pay $696,769 to 10 produce sellers for product received from November 2017 to June 2018, according to a news release.

The sanctions include barring the company and its principal operators from engaging in PACA-licensed business. The company cannot operate in the industry until May 26, 2022, and then only after receiving USDA approval for a new PACA license.

Alejandro Mora and Richard Wise, the company’s principals, may not be employed by or affiliated with a PACA licensee until May 26, 2010, and then only with USDA approval of a surety bond.

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