Ho said the all the company’s organic certifications are current and is regularly audited by certifier PrimusLabs.com.
The class action suit seeks restitution, damages and an injunction, alleging unjust enrichment, fraud and violations of the California business and consumer laws.
A March audit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program found the program, in some cases, did not enforce regulations and lacked residue tests on certified organic products.
In particular, the audit found fault with the lack of oversight of the California State Organic Program, overseen by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Although California has more than 2,000 certified organic operations, deficiencies “resulted in reduced assurance that the state’s certified organic operations and their products meet regulatory requirements,” according to the audit.
The state has until the end of the month to rectify the concerns raised in the audit, or the USDA will “initiate appropriate enforcement actions,” according to the audit.