The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is alerting the organic trade about
the presence of several new fraudulent organic certificates. Fraudulent organic certificates listing the following businesses
are in use and have been reported to the NOP:
Review these and other fraudulent organic certificates online: Fraudulent
These certificates falsely represent agricultural products as certified organic under the USDA organic regulations,
violating the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990.
Fraudulent certificates may have been created and used without the knowledge of the operator or the certifying agent named in the
certificate. The posting of fraudulent certificates does not necessarily mean that the named business or certifying agent was
involved in illegal activity. If a business named on a fraudulent certificate is certified, its certifying agent, identified
in the list of certified operations, can provide additional information and verification to the organic trade.
The vigilance of the organic community is a vital force in ensuring organic integrity. Organic handlers should continue to
review certificates carefully and validate with their certifying agents, where needed. Have a suspicion about an organic
certificate? Please notify the NOP Compliance
and Enforcement team.
Any use of this certificate or other fraudulent documents to market, label, or sell non-organic agricultural products
as organic can result in a civil penalty of up to $11,000 per violation.
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