The National Organic Program recently closed a complaint case concerning a fraudulent organic certificate that originated in Cameroon, Africa, produced by a counterfeit company.
Reported to the NOP by an accredited certifying agent, the certificate falsely represents agricultural products as certified organic under the NOP regulations, violating the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. It contains the following identifying information:
Operation name and location: Villa Feed Association, Bamenda, Cameroon, Africa
Certificate number: CV004-098
Products listed as certified: Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, cotton seeds, herbs and grains
Certifying agent and location: Agose Culture (NOTE: This is NOT a legitimate USDA accredited certifying agent)
Certificate issue location and date: Vicky Avenue, Cameroon, Africa
The NOP has not found evidence that any product was sold, labeled, or represented as organic using the fraudulent certificate.
Certifying agents and organic operations should continue to guard against these practices and notify the NOP, Compliance and Enforcement Division if they become aware of activities involving violations of USDA organic regulations.