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Organic Produce Fraud at California’s Farmers Markets

By David M. Wallin   Nov. 17, 2010 3:50p

In 1977, the state of California sanctioned farmers markets; however for the first time since then, the state is now reconsidering the rules that apply to how the certified organic operations are being run. In light of recent accusations at Southern California markets, involving inorganic products from Mexico being passed off as organic or locally grown, are now being addressed by the Department of Food and Agriculture. The Los Angeles Times, the Santa Monica Daily Press and KNBC have all reported on the topic in recent months.

California's small, cozy farmers markets have become quite popular in the sunshine state where many of its residents are active and health conscious. For lots of individuals, eating and living organic is a daily part of life, which they take quite seriously. Because of the growing popularity of Farmers Markets, California now has roughly 700 operations and more than 2000 certified organic producers.

There are many local shoppers or consumers who make a special trip to the Farmers market with the intention of purchasing either locally grown or organic produce to benefit both their health and support both the local farmers and the organic farmers. When they are duped into buying non-organic, pesticide laced produce, at organic prices; they are the unwitting victims of fraud.

Defense against Fraud Charges

If you or someone you care about has been charged with fraud, a Palmdale fraud defense attorney at the Law Offices of David M. Wallin can help. If you are convicted of fraud, you face serious consequences including jail or prison time, restitution, fines, probation or parole. Your entire life as you know it can be adversely affected if you become a felon. We have over fifty years of combined experience in criminal defense and will use our knowledge and experience in order to help you attain a favorable outcome in your case.

Contact a Palmdale Fraud Defense Lawyer at our firm today for a free case evaluation.

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