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AnnouncementNovember 14, 2013

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) wants to alert the organic trade and public to the presence of two fraudulent organic certificates.

Alert: Fraudulent Organic Certificates

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

View All Posted Fraudulent Organic Certificates

These certificates falsely represent agricultural products as certified organic under the USDA organic regulations. Using 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.

If you have information about the production or use of these or other fraudulent USDA organic certificates, please send information to our Compliance and Enforcement Division.

Fraudulent certificates may have been created and used without the knowledge of the operator or the certifying agent named in a certificate. The posting of fraudulent certificates does not necessarily mean that the named operator or certifying agent was involved in illegal activity. If an operation named in a fraudulent certificate is certified, its certifying agent identified in the list of certified operations can provide additional information and verifications to the organic trade.

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


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