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Fraudulent Organic Certificates  
Falsely representing products as certified USDA organic violates the law and federal organic regulations. Using fraudulent documents to market, label, or sell non-organic agricultural products as organic is punishable by fines of up to $11,000 for each violation.

 
Certifying agents and organic operations should continue to guard against these practices and practice caution when purchasing products from suppliers. Anyone suspecting a violation of the regulations can report a complaint to the NOP Compliance and Enforcement Division.

 
Fraudulent certificates may have been created and used without the knowledge of the operator or the certifying agent named in a 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 in 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.

 
Reported Fraudulent Organic Certificates

 
MAX SANGTUM TRADING PTY (LTD) (announced July 10, 2014)

 
  • Operation Name and Location: MAX SANGTUM TRADING PTY (LTD), 68 Stanford Rd Bethelsdorp, Point Elizabeth Eastern Cape province, South Africa
  • Products Listed as Certified: Cashew Nuts
  • USDA Accredited Certifying Agent and Location: Control Union Certifications
  • Certificate Issue Location and Date: Ministry of Agriculture, Harrison Square, Room 256-854, FI Section, Pretoria, South Africa, January 5, 2014

 
Ndiangang P Import PTY LTD (announced July 10, 2014)

 
  • Operation Name and Location: Ndiangang P Import PTY LTD, 13 Limbombo Clemond, Johannesburg Gauteng 2092 South Africa
  • Products Listed as Certified: Organic Nuts
  • USDA Accredited Certifying Agent and Location: Control Union Certifications
  • Certificate Issue Location and Date: Ministry of Agriculture, Harrison Square, Room 256-854, FI Section, Pretoria, South Africa, January 5, 2014

 

 
  • Operation Name and Location: Daniel Lehenbauer, Harry Lehenbauer, Inc.DBA Diamond D Organics, 2051 State Road M, Kingdom City, MO 65262
  • Products Listed as Certified: Soybeans, Sorghum, Sweet Corn, Warm Season Grasses, Alfalfa, Wheat
  • USDA Accredited Certifying Agent and Location: OneCert, Inc.
  • Certificate Issue Location and Date: Kingdom City, MO, June 19, 2010

 
Chia Expartados Co. Ltd. (aka Chia Corp. Ltd) (announced May 15, 2014)

 
  • Operation Name and Location: Chia Expartados Co. Ltd. (aka Chia Corp. Ltd) Carretera Panamericana Km. 291 La Fortalez, 38381 Cortazar, Guanajuato Mexico w/ Offices in Thailand, Argentina and Brazil
  • Products Listed as Certified: the Company Chia Expartados Co. Ltd. and Personal care products
  • USDA Accredited Certifying Agent and Location: Maryland Department of Agriculture, Annapolis, Maryland 21401
  • Certificate Issue Location and Date: No Date

 
Tardo Filipinas, Inc., (aka Tardo Group of Companies) (announced April 8, 2014)

 
  • Operation Name and Location: Elizabeth Ordeliz Cockle, Operations Manager, Tardo Filipinas, Inc., (aka Tardo Group of Companies), Unit 249 2F Valero Plaza, 124 Valero St. Salcedo St., Bgy.Bel-Air, Makati City Philippines
  • Products Listed as Certified: coconuts, virgin coconut oil, coconut water, coconut flour, desiccated coconuts, coconut cream, coconut milk, and coconut milk powder
  • USDA Accredited Certifying Agent and Location: CERES GmbH, Vorderhaslach 1, 91230 Happburg, Germany
  • Certificate Issue Location and Date: No location listed, February 12, 2013

 
Tam Herb (announced April 8, 2014)

 
  • Operation name and location: Tam Herb, 1227-G, Mettur Road, Erode-1, Tamil Nadu - 638011, India
  • Products Listed as Certified: Moringa seeds, Moringa green leaves, Moringa dried leaves, Moringa oil, Moringa root bark, Moringa root, Moringa stem bark, Moringa stem, Moringa fruit powder, dried and fresh Moringa flower
  • USDA Accredited Certifying Agent and Location: Lacon Quality Certification– Thiruvalla, Kerela, India 689101
  • Certificate Issue Location and Date: India, November 20, 2013

 
Distribuidora Fruta Frescatica SRL (announced April 8, 2014)

 
  • Operation Name and Location: Distribuidora Fruta Frescatica SRL, Puntarenas, Orotina, Costa Rica
  • Products Listed as Certified: Mangos (Tommy Atkins)
  • USDA Accredited Certifying Agent and Location: Eco-LOGICA, S.A., San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Note: Eco-LOGICA has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate Issue Location and Date: Nuremberg, April 1, 2013

 
Inner Mongolia Tianfu Food Co., Limited (announced November 13, 2013)

 
  • Operation Name and Location: Inner Mongolia Tianfu Food Co., Limited, No.6, Yulong Industrial Park, Yuquan District, Hohhot City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
  • Products Listed as Certified: tomato paste, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts
  • USDA Accredited Certifying Agent and Location: Pacific Agricultural Certification Society (Note: Pacific Agricultural Certification Society has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate Issue Location and Date: No location listed, August 6, 2013

 

 
  • Operation Name and Location: Acex Comercio Brazilia aka Acex Brasil, Comercio International, Caixa Postal 5574, 13095-970 Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Products Listed as Certified: Organic chia seeds.
  • USDA Accredited Certifying Agent and Location: Australian Certified Organic (Note: Australian Certified Organic has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate Issue Location and Date: Brisbane, Australia – February 9, 2013

 
Monaz Manufacturing and Supply Services, LLC (announced September 19, 2013)

 
  • Operation Name and Location: Monaz Manufacturing and Supply Services, LLC, No. 63. Jln Jejawi Arua, Perlis, Malaysia
  • Products Listed as Certified: Organic Wheat and Spelt; Bran, Flour, Cleaned, Cracked, Germ, Cut and Shorts Grain
  • USDA Accredited Certifying Agent and Location: Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd. (Note: Pro-Cert has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate Issue Location and Date: No location listed, December 21, 2011

 
Germania Group (announced June 7, 2013)

 
  • Operation Name and Location: Germania Group, Danckelman Str. 57, Berlin, Germany
  • Products Listed as Certified: Chia Seeds
  • USDA Accredited Certifying Agent and Location: Certification of Environmental Standards –GmbH (CERES) (Note: CERES has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate Issue Location and Date: Happurg, Nov. 23, 2011

 
Shree Mahalaxmi Psyllium Pvt Ltd (announced March 12, 2013)

 
  • Operation name and location: Shree Mahalaxmi Psyllium Pvt Ltd; State Highway, At. & Po. Khali, Siddhpur 384151, North Gujarat, India
  • Products listed as certified: All organic products
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: IMO Control (Note: IMO Control has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production.)
  • Certificate issue location and date: No location listed, 14-8-2011

 
Xi’an Pengtime Corporation (announced March 11, 2013)

 
  • Operation name and location: Xi’an Pengtime Corporation, 36# Gaoxin 6 Road, Xi’an Shaanxi, China
  • Products listed as certified: Organic products listed on attachments to the posted certificate
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: Ecocert -L'Isle-Jourdain – France (Note: Ecocert has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production.)
  • Certificate issue location and date: Beijing, June 6, 2012

 
Trading & Manufacturing Co. (announced August 21, 2012)

 
  • Operation name and location: Trading & Manufacturing Co., Randburg, South Africa
  • Products listed as certified: Handler (Distributor)
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: Quality Assurance International (QAI) (Note: QAI has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production.)
  • Certificate issue location and date: January 12, 2011

 
Asociación Proyectos Del Pueblo (announced August 9, 2012)

 
Note: Asociación Proyectos Del Pueblo is no longer a certified organic operation since 2009.

 
  • Operation name and location: Asociación Proyectos Del Pueblo Colonia Iberia, Choluteca, Honduras, C.A.
  • Products listed as certified: organic Masica nut (Brosimum allicastrum) and Seed (kernel) of Organic cashew (Anacardium occidentalis)
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: Mayacert S.A., Guatemala, C.A. (Note: Mayacert has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate issue location and date: May 2010 and June 19, 2010, Guatemala

 

 
  • Operation name and location: Xi'an YuenSun Biological Technology Co., Ltd., Shaanxi, Xi'an, China
  • Products listed as certified: Juice Powder (e.g. Apple Banana, Strawberry, Mango, Blueberry, Raspberry, Pineapple, Cherry, Blackcurrant); Natural Raw Powder (e.g. Pearl Powder, Ginger Powder, Barley Grass Powder, Spirulina Powder, Chlorella Powder, Wheatgrass Powder); Extract powder (e.g. Grape Seed, Milk Thistle, Pine Bark. Saw Palmetto Berry, Pomegranate, Tongkat Ali, Epimedium, Damiana); and Ingredient (e.g. Resveratrol, OPC, Anthocyanin, Yohimbine, Rutin, 5-HTP, Coenzyme QlO).
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: CERES GmbH, Happurg, Germany (Note: CERES has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate issue location and date: Happurg, 25th August, 2011

 
Shanghai Honghao Chemicals Co., Ltd. (announced July 25, 2012)

 
  • Operation name and location: Shanghai Honghao Chemicals Co., Ltd., Pudong Shanghai, China Certificate number: 9035
  • Products listed as certified: Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Oat Grass, Barley Grass Powder, Wheat Grass Powder, and Oat Grass Powder.
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: CERES GmbH, Happurg, Germany (Note: CERES has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate issue location and date: Happurg, Apr. 08, 2011

 
Castillo Group of Companies (announced July 25, 2012)

 
  • Operation name and location: Castillo Group of Companies, Ismir, India
  • Products listed as certified: Refined Sugar
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: CERES GmbH, Happurg, Germany (Note: CERES has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate issue location and date: Happurg, 30 September 2010, Expiration: 31, Aug. 2013.

 
Pure Shea Butter Company (announced July 25, 2012)

 
  • Operation name and location: Pure Shea Butter Company Tamale, Ghana
  • Products listed as certified: Cocoa/Cacao butter refined, Shea butter refined, Shea butter unrefined, Vegetable oil/fats
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: Ecocert Certification Body, Tunis-Tunisia (Note: Ecocert S.A. has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate issue location and date: November 22, 2010, Tunis- Tunisia

 
M/s.Parker Biotech Private Limited (announced July 25, 2012)

 
Note: M/s.Parker Biotech Private Limited is no longer a certified organic operation since 2010.

 
  • Operation name and location: M/s.Parker Biotech Private Limited Theni district, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Products listed as certified: NEEM Oil, NEEM Leaf (leaf and powder) Coconut Oil
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: LACON Quality Certification (P) Ltd., Kerala, India (Note: LACON has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate issue location and date: January 13, 2012, Thiruvalla, India

 
Huanan Hengyuan Native Produce Co., Ltd. (announced May 31, 2012)

 
Note: Huanan Hengyuan Native Produce Co., Ltd. is no longer a certified organic operation since 2009.

 
  • Operation name and location: Huanan Hengyuan Native Produce Co., Ltd. Huanan County Heilongjiang Province, China
  • Products listed as certified: Pine nut kernels, pumpkin seeds and seed kernels, sunflower seeds and seed kernels, walnut meat, white kidney beans, black kidney beans, light speckled kidney beans, purpolle colored kidney beans, red kidney beans, soybeans, been cake powder, flaxseed, buckwheat, corn, yellow broomcorn millet.
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: Ecocert SA, L’Isle Jourdain, France (Note: Ecocert SA has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate issue location and date: July 15, 2011, Northeim, Germany

 
Ningxia Ruby Goji Co., Ltd. (announced Mar. 20, 2012)

 
Note: Ningxia Ruby Goji Co., Ltd. is no longer a certified organic operation and is not responsible for this fraudulent certificate.

 
  • Operation name and location: Ningxia Ruby Goji Co., Ltd., Wangyuan Industrial Park, Buildings 7 & 8, Ren He Road, Yinchuan, Ningxia, China
  • Products listed as certified: fresh goji berry, dried goji berry, preserved goji berry fruit, goji berry powder, organic goji juice, organic goji juice concentrated
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: Ecocert SA, L’Isle Jourdain, France (Note: Ecocert SA has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate issue location and date: July 25, 2011, L’Isle Jourdain, France

 
TIRYAKI AGRO GIDA SAN.VE TIC. A.S. (announced Mar. 20, 2012)

 
Note: TIRYAKI AGRO GIDA SAN.VE TIC. A.S. is a certified organic operation and is not responsible for this fraudulent certificate.

 
  • Operation name and location: TIRYAKI AGRO GIDA SAN.VE TIC. A.S., Abdullah Aga Mah. Semsi Efendi Sok., Yagcilar Koshu N. 16,34676, Beylerbeyi, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Products listed as certified: Seafoods, Poultry, Fresh Shell Eggs
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (Note: NHDAMF has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate issue location and date: January 10, 2012

 
Caltex Manufacturing Oil Company (PDF) (announced Dec. 20, 2011)

 
  • Operation name and location: Caltex Manufacturing Oil Company, 21 Jalan Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor 50754, Malaysia
  • Products listed as certified: Processed Products
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: Colorado Department of Agriculture (Note: Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed that the certificate is fraudulent and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate issue location and date: January 16, 2011; location not specified

 
Karelia Berries (PDF) (announced Dec. 9, 2011)

 
  • Operation name and location: Karelia Berries LLC; 1 Lazareva Blvd, Kostomuksha; Republic of Kalerie, 186930; Russian Federation
  • Products listed as certified: Blueberries, Lingonberries, Cranberries, Gooseberries, Redcurrants, Aronia
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: CERES; Zimmern, Germany (Note: CERES brought the fraudulent certificate to the attention of the NOP and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate issue location and date: Happurg, 30.08.10

 

 
  • Operation name and location: Shenzhen Fuyakang Biology and Technology Co., Ltd; Room 1307 Jiniuanshidal Bulding; Heping Road, Longhua Bao'an District, Shenshen, China
  • Products listed as certified: Organic Green Coffee, Organic Tea, Organic Hot Chocolate
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: ECOCERT; L'Isle-Jourdain, France (Note: ECOCERT brought the fraudulent certificate to the attention of the NOP and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate issue location and date: 2010-2-28

 
Netania Commercial (PDF) (announced Dec. 9, 2011)

 
  • Operation name and location: Netania Commercial; Kilometro 13½ Ortega, Espaillat, Republica Dominica
  • Products listed as certified: Bell Pepper, Tomato
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: BCS; Nurnberg, Germany (Netania Commercial was previously certified organic by BCS for avacados only. Netania's certification with BCS ended in January 2011. BCS brought the fraudulent certificate to the attention of the NOP and is NOT responsible for its production).
  • Certificate issue location and date: Nurnberg, 21.11.2010

 
Mujezat Al Shifa Foodstuff Co. (PDF) (announced Dec. 9, 2011)

 
  • Operation name and location: Mujezat Al Shifa Foodstuff Co. W.L.L.; P.O. Box 1979, Salmiya 22020 Kuwait
  • Products listed as certified: Multiple products, including honey, seeds, teas, and spices (access full list on NOP website)
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: Fraudulent certificate is marked with an Organic Food Federation logo
  • Certificate issue location and date: September 11, 2008

 
Xuzhou Kanata Foodstuff Co. (PDF) (announced Dec. 9, 2011)

 
  • Operation name and location: Xuzhou Kanata Foodstuff Co., Ltd.; Room B401, Tai Feng Building, Yellow River Garden, Jiahe Street, Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China
  • Products listed as certified: Green Sword Beans, Autumn Broccoli, Burdock, Garlic, Onion, Pumpkin, Green Soybeans, Sweet Potato, Carrot, Potato, Ginger, Chili, Green Pepper
  • USDA accredited certifying agent and location: Fraudulent certificate is marked with an Organic Crop Improvement Association International, Inc. (OCIA) logo (OCIO brought the fraudulent certificate to the attention of the NOP and is NOT responsible for its production)
  • Certificate issue location and date: China, October 18, 2011

 
Villa Feed Association (PDF) (announced Nov. 17, 2011)

 
  • Operation name and location: Villa Feed Association, Bamenda, Cameroon, Africa
  • Products listed as certified: Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, cotton seeds, herbs and grains
  • Certifying agent and location: Agose Culture (NOTE: This is NOT a legitimate USDA accredited certifying agent.)
  • Certificate issue location and date: Vicky Avenue, Cameroon, Africa

 

 
  • Operation name and location: Xi’an Bosheng Biological Technology Co., Ltd., Room 1104, 11F, Dongxing Building, Jiangong Road, Xi’an, China
  • Products listed as certified: Organic Hibiscus Extract Powder, Organic Jasmine Extract Powder, Organic Beet Root Extract Powder
  • USDA Accredited Certifying Agent and location: Ecocert SA, L’Isle Jourdain, France (Note: Ecocert SA brought the fraudulent certificate to the attention of the NOP and is not responsible for its production.)
  • Certificate issue location and date: Northeim, Germany, Jan. 26, 2012 [sic]

 
EMN Trading (PDF) (announced March 24, 2011)

 
  • Operation name and location: EMN TRADING LTD, 130 Biccard Street Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Type of operation: Handler (Distributor)
  • Product listed as certified: Organic Demerara Sugar
  • USDA Accredited Certifying Agent: Quality Assurance International (QAI) (Note: QAI brought the fraudulent certificate to the attention of the NOP and is NOT responsible for its production.)
  • Certificate issue location and date: Johannesburg, South Africa, 8 January 2011

 
Fushan Hengchang Trade Co. (PDF) (announced Feb. 11, 2011)

 
  • Operation name and location: FUSHAN HENGCHANG TRADE CO., LTD, Zhongshan District, “Dlian” (sic), Liaoning, China
  • Products listed as certified: Organic soybean, Organic white melon, Organic buckwheat, Organic millet
  • USDA Accredited Certifying Agent and location: Ecocert SA, L’Isle Jourdain, France (Note: Ecocert SA brought the fraudulent certificate to the attention of the NOP and is NOT responsible for its production.)
  • Certificate issue location and date: Northeim, Germany, 2010-3-12

 

 

 
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