Alleged organic corn fraud in Oregon


A Springfield man faces a federal charge for allegedly selling more than 4.2 million pounds of corn to Grain Millers falsely labeled as organic.

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A Springfield man faces a federal charge for allegedly selling more than 4.2 million pounds of corn to Grain Millers falsely labeled as organic.

Harold Allen Chase reaped an additional profit of nearly $200,000 by passing off the grain as organic, the government charged in documents filed this month in Eugene’s U.S. District Court.

His alleged fraud came to light after Grain Millers found “inconsistencies” while auditing the corn to verify that it complied with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program regulations, said Keith Horton, vice president of milling for the Eugene company.

“We have to have a good paper trail for organics,” he explained.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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