According to an article today published by the CBC News, more than one million pounds of coffee sold in Canada with “Fair Trade” labels last year were fakes: Fair trade supporters seek federal regulation. Lacking certification from the Canadian organization that independently audits and certifies Fair Trade goods, many of these certification labels on the market are bogus. Some supporters of Fair Trade products are calling for federal regulation of the certification; the Canadian government currently has no such plans.

Before consumers can even question whether Fair Trade is an ethical, socially responsible, and effective solution to the global coffee problem, they currently have to question whether their coffee is correctly labelled Fair Trade to begin with.