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Alert: Fraudulent Organic Certificates

The National Organic Program (NOP) wants to alert the organic trade and public to the presence of two fraudulent organic certificates.

The National Organic Program (NOP) wants to alert the organic trade and public to the presence of two fraudulent organic certificates.

Two fraudulent organic certificates listing the following business were recently reported to the NOP:

  • Shree Mahalaxmi Psyllium Pvt Ltd; State Highway, At. & Po. Khali, Siddhpur 384151, North Gujarat, India
  • Xi'an Pengtime Corporation, 36# Gaoxin 6 Road, Xi'an Shaanxi, China.

 

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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 NOP certificates, please send information to the NOP Compliance and Enforcement Division.

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 NOP Compliance and Enforcement team.

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