(Feb. 21) Oceano Packing Co., Oceano, Calif., has filed a civil lawsuit against two fertilizer companies, claiming salmonella-tainted fertilizer contaminated the organic grower’s crops and fields and cost the company more than $1 million.

The lawsuit, filed Feb. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, names fertilizer manufacturer True Organic Products Inc., Helm, Calif., and Denver-based distributor Western Farm Services Inc. as defendants.

Oceano alleges in court documents that last year contaminated fertilizer forced the company to destroy crops, including spring mix and spinach, already-harvested product and product that was still in the fields. The suit alleges that Oceano lost 1.4 million pounds of crops and more than $1 million in revenue.

Oceano said in its filing it discovered the problem after three customers reported salmonella finds in the company’s products.

The lawsuit alleges the defendants violated the Organic Foods Products Act and National Organic Program regulations and also claims breach of express and implied warranty, negligence, fraud, misrepresentation and unfair competition.

The lawsuit also alleges Western defamed Oceano by misrepresenting the company to third parties, and it alleges a Western employee stole Oceano property.

Oceano is seeking more than $1 million in compensatory damages as well as consequential damages and court costs.

Oceano’s attorneys could not be reached for comment.