NOP Alert: Fraudulent Certificates

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Fraudulent Certificates Posted

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is alerting the organic trade about the presence of several new fraudulent organic certificates. Fraudulent organic certificates listing the following businesses are in use and have been reported to the NOP:

  • 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 #NP1036 as shown
    on certificate)
  • Yamada Bee Farm Co., Ltd

    Review these and other fraudulent organic certificates online: Fraudulent certificate listing.

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


    Verifying Certified Operations

    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 business or certifying agent was involved in illegal activity. If a business named on a fraudulent certificate is certified, its certifying agent, identified in the list of certified operations, can provide additional information and verification to the organic trade.

    The vigilance of the organic community is a vital force in ensuring organic integrity. Organic handlers should continue to review certificates carefully and validate with their certifying agents, where needed. Interim instruction NOP 4013, Maintaining the Integrity of Organic Imports, reiterates the requirement for certifiers and handlers of organic imports to verify the validity of certificates.

    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 on suspicious certificates are asked to notify the NOP Compliance and Enforcement team.