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Alert: 5 Fraudulent Certificates

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.

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

  • Xi'an YuenSun Biological Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Shanghai Honghao Chemicals Co., Ltd.
  • Castillo Group of Companies
  • Pure Shea Butter Company     
  • M/s.Parker Biotech Private Limited

These certificates falsely represent 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 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 regarding the production or use of these or other fraudulent NOP certificates are asked to send information to the NOP Compliance & Enforcement Division.

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