CERTIFIER: Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO)

WEB SITE www.tilth.org
NOP INFORMATION organic.ams.usda.gov/integrity/CP/CertifierProfilePage.aspx?cid=62
HEADQUARTERS Corvallis, OR
US CERTIFIED OPERATION LOCATIONS AK, 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 SCOPES CROPS, 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

Criteria Comments
Hydroponic Details Certifies hydroponic operations.
Material Review Unconfirmed
Fee Structure See website for more information.
Inspectors Unconfirmed
Imports Unconfirmed
Farm Sizes Unconfirmed
Outdoor Access for Poultry Certifies factory-egg operations with improper outdoor access (porches or no outdoor access).
Pasture Access Certifies factory-dairy operations with improper pasture use.
Livestock Alterations Unconfirmed
Origin of Livestock Certifies factory dairy that likely cycles conventional livestock in and out of the organic marketplace.
Antibiotics in Livestock Unconfirmed
Inspections Unconfirmed
Residue Testing Unconfirmed
Producer Unconfirmed