Do you know about the ‘Olive Oil Fraud’? Many of us want to use ‘extra virgin olive oil’ for all the wonderful health benefits and taste, but when you go to the trouble of seeking it out and spending the extra money, there is a high chance that it is not virgin at all!
It is one of the many that are part of the ‘Olive Oil Fraud’. A high percentage of the olive oils are not at all what they say on the label. Just because they say it is ‘Extra Virgin Olive Oil’ (EVOO) or even ‘Certified’ does not mean that it actually is. All olive oils are not created equal.
Italy’s extra virgin olive oil fraud scandal!
The anti-fraud police squad in Turin, Italy are examining seven well-known olive oil brands (Carapelli, Bertolli, Santa Sabina, Coricelli, Sasso, Primadonna and Antica Badia) to find out if they are selling an inferior virgin olive oil as “extra virgin” olive oil. To learn more, watch this video:
‘60 Minutes’ Looks at Olive Oil Adulteration in Italy.
Extra Virgin Suicide slide show by Nicholas Blechman explains well what happens on the NY Times
In America, more than $700 million a year is spent on olive oil, but unfortunately, it is not really olive oil because of olive oil fraud. Most of the olive oils on the market are cut with cheap vegetable oils.
The results from the Consumer Report’s found that only 9 of the 23 olive oils from Italy, Spain and California tested, and passed as being extra virgin olive oil even though all of them claimed so on the label. AND: “More than half tasted fermented or stale.”
“International standards for extra virgin olive oil are mostly unenforced. Although the term ‘extra virgin’ is generally understood to denote the highest quality of olive oil, industry representatives report that the current standards are easily met by producers and allow olive oil marketed as ‘extra virgin’ to represent a wide range of qualities. This lack of enforcement has resulted in a long history of fraudulent practices (adulteration and mislabelling) in the olive oil sector.” – United States International Trade Commission
A study at the UC Davis Olive Center found that 69% of the imported EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) sold in California supermarkets did not qualify as extra virgin. Tests indicate that imported EVOO often fails international and USDA standards.
A bottle labeled EVOO may not be olive oil and instead be a seed oil which is made to smell and look like olive oil by adding a few drops of chlorophyll and beta-carotene making it part of the olive oil fraud.
Which Olive Oil to buy?
‘Olive Oil Fraud’ oils that failed to meet EVOO standards:
- Filippo Berio
- Newman’s Own
- Whole Foods
Which Olive Oils Passed the EVOO Standards?