PUBLIC RECORDS REVEAL . . that, according to the Sacramento Bee, the California Department of Food and Agriculture took three years to act after first being tipped that the best selling "organic" fertilizer was actually spiked with ammonium sulfate.

State officials knew some of California's largest organic farms had been using the fertilizer, the documents show, but they kept their findings confidential until nearly a year and a half after it was removed from the market. No farms lost their organic certification.
    The nonprofit California Certified Organic Farmers, which certifies about 80 percent of the state's organic acreage, decided not to penalize farms that had used the product on the grounds that farmers did not know they were using an unapproved chemical.