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AnnouncementJune 1, 2012

The National Organic Program is pleased to announce that the Sunset 2012 final rule is now available to be previewed online.  

We also wish to alert the public to the presence of a fraudulent organic certificate. 

Preview: Sunset 2012 Final Rule

The NOP has submitted the following draft of the Sunset 2012 final rule to the Federal Register. Please note that its content is subject to change before publication.  

Once published on June 6, this preview version will be replaced with the final version published in the Federal Register and announced via the NOP Organic Insider.

Preview: Sunset 2012 Final Rule

Press Release

Alert: Fraudulent Certificate

The National Organic Program has taken enforcement action against Huanan Hengyuan Native Produce Co., Ltd., an uncertified operation based in China, in regard to a fraudulent certificate.  


These certificates falsely represent agricultural products as certified organic under the USDA organic regulations, violating the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990.


The vigilance of the organic community is a vital force in ensuring organic integrity. Organic handlers should continue to review certificates carefully, validate with their certifying agents where needed, and send any suspicious certificates to the NOP Compliance and Enforcement team.


Any use of these certificates 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. Persons with information regarding the production or use of these or other fraudulent NOP certificates are asked to send information to the NOP Compliance & Enforcement Division.


View Fraudulent Certificates  

Contact NOP Compliance and Enforcement 


About the National Organic Program (NOP)

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