Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO)

CERTIFIER: Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO)

WEB SITEwww.tilth.org
NOP INFORMATIONorganic.ams.usda.gov/integrity/CP/CertifierProfilePage.aspx?cid=62
HEADQUARTERSCorvallis, OR
US CERTIFIED OPERATION LOCATIONSAK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY
ACCREDITED SCOPESCROPS, HANDLING, LIVESTOCK, WILD CROPS

Oregon Tilth has multiple marks that constitute a bad record. Their history includes certifying Petaluma Farms, which produced eggs under their Rosy brand and for Organic Valley. Tilth permitted them to operate without any outdoor access based on a letter from the state veterinarian “recommending” that they don’t let the birds outside for fear of avian influenza. At the time, many other organic producers operated in California and let their birds out without any difficulty. There was no declared outbreak highly contagious and constituted a threat.

Also, Tilth recertified Jirah Mills, the infamous grain supplier that was banned in Québec after being suspected of laundering conventional/non-GMO grain as organic. They were banned from commerce in their province of Canada but recertified under the NOP by Tilth and resumed exporting to the United States.

Tilth is also part of the damage control campaign at Aurora Organic Dairy providing the outfit cover by being “double certified” (unprecedented and unnecessary if just one responsible certifier does the job). Some of their other dairies are already certified by other dubious certifiers, Colorado Department of Agriculture and QAI.

In addition, Oregon Tilth certifies a mammoth egg production facility in Chase, Kansas owned by Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., one of the country’s largest conventional egg producers. With likely over a million birds there are small porches on the two-story buildings containing multilevel aviary systems (filling the space from floor to ceiling with birds).

CERTIFIER STANDING: Undermining the true meaning of organics

CriteriaComments
Hydroponic DetailsCertifies hydroponic operations.
Material ReviewUnconfirmed
Fee StructureSee website for more information.
InspectorsUnconfirmed
ImportsUnconfirmed
Farm SizesUnconfirmed
Outdoor Access for PoultryCertifies factory-egg operations with improper outdoor access (porches or no outdoor access).
Pasture AccessCertifies factory-dairy operations with improper pasture use.
Livestock AlterationsUnconfirmed
Origin of LivestockCertifies factory dairy that likely cycles conventional livestock in and out of the organic marketplace.
Antibiotics in LivestockUnconfirmed
InspectionsUnconfirmed
Residue TestingUnconfirmed
ProducerUnconfirmed