The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s National Organic Program has posted an alert on the organic trade about the presence of several new fraudulent organic certificates.
The following businesses listing fraudulent organic certificates are in use and have been reported to the program include: Coopprobata, Cooperativa Agricola Los Tainos; Agroglobe Kereskedelmi és Szolgáltató Kft; Buhagiar Company; Buywise Wholesale Ltd.; Cooperation for Industrial Development Lanka (PVT.) Ltd.; Firma Mega Group; Organic Aura International (An Organic Ayurveda Company); Pyrana Wholesales BVBA; Shanghai Soyoung Biotech,Inc.; Unnamed business (located in Sri Lanka, registration No. NP1036 as shown on certificate); Yamada Bee Farm Co., Ltd.
Review of the fraudulent organic certificates can be done with online searches using the keywords "Fraudulent certificate listing."
"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," a USDA news release states. People with information on suspicious certificates are asked to notify the NOP Compliance and Enforcement team.