Quality Assurance International, San Diego, has included quick-response codes to its certified product certificates.

This is an added layer of security for Quality Assurance International certified companies, according to a company news release.

The QR codes are to ensure authenticity and protect against fraudulent certificates.

To falsely represent a product as certified USDA organic violates the law and federal organic regulations, according to the release.

“Utilizing QR code technology will help clients and suppliers provide an additional level of assurance and transparency when it comes to the integrity of QAI certified products, which they in turn can provide to consumers,” Jaclyn Bowen, general manager, said in the release.

To validate the certificate people can use a smartphone to scan the code and will be linked to the certified company’s listing and product information.

QR codes might also be displayed on product labels for products certified by Quality Assurance International, according to the release.