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AnnouncementAugust 9, 2012

The National Organic Program (NOP) wanted to alert the organic trade and public to the presence of a fraudulent organic certificate.  

USDA is also pleased to announce the 2012 National Farmer's Market Directory. 

Alert: Fraudulent Organic Certificate

Fraudulent organic certificates listing the following business are in use and have been recently reported to the NOP:  

  • Asociación Proyectos Del Pueblo Colonia Iberia
    Since 2009, no longer a certified organic operation   

This certificate falsely represents 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 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.

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 


10% More Farmer's Markets Nationwide 

Earlier this week, the USDA announced its 2012 National Farmer's Market Directory. This resource lists 7,864 farmer's markets across the U.S., close to a 10 percent increase from last year's update.

Learn how USDA programs are supporting these increases and how the number of markets in your state compares!

Press Release

National Farmer's Market Directory 

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