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AnnouncementAugust 20, 2014


The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) wishes to alert you to the presence of two fraudulent certificates.  We are also pleased to announce that the National Organic Program (NOP) Deputy Administrator will speak at an upcoming organic trade event. 

Alert:  Fraudulent Organic Certificates

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

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 operator or certifying agent was involved in illegal activity.  If an operation named on 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. 


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 Division.


Any use of this certificate or other fraudulent documents to market, label, or sell non-organic 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 this or other fraudulent NOP certificates are asked to send information to the NOP Compliance and Enforcement Division.

California Certified Organic Farmers Meeting 


NOP Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy will speak at the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Pacific Southwest Chapter meeting on August 22. He will discuss organic compliance requirements and current Sound and Sensible Certification initiatives.  There are over 150 certified organic operations in San Diego County, California.


About the Agricultural Marketing Service

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) facilitates the competitive and efficient marketing of agricultural products. Through its National Organic Program, AMS facilitates trade and ensures the integrity of organic agricultural products by consistently implementing organic standards and enforcing compliance with the regulations throughout the world. Learn more.

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