North American Olive Oil Association Blog

21 Olive Oil Brands Certified for Authenticity

Need help selecting an olive oil? Check out this list of olive oils certified for both purity and quality by the North American Olive Oil Association. 

The not-so-secret organization that is testing America’s olive oil

Diane Rehm, on her radio show last week, asked her guest if there were “secret agents going into grocery stores and testing out what's in a bottle labeled extra virgin?”

Tasting Extra Virgin Olive Oils [video]

 Extra Virgin Olive Oils are like wine, offering a range of flavors that varies based on olive type, harvest time, growing region and other factors. The International Olive Council (IOC) in Madrid, Spain, certifies professional taste panels each year in order to help with grading – for example, to distinguish between extra virgin olive oil and virgin olive oil, or olive oil that needs to be refined. A professional panel must have at least eight to twelve tasters combine scores on various positive and negative attributes in order to minimize personal tastes and bias. These panels follow strict protocols regarding the tasting tools and environment and how many oils can be tasted in one session.

Senate Asks FDA to Test Olive Oil Sold in the USA

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a version of an Agriculture Appropriations bill that contained the following language:

Olive Oil.—The Committee directs the FDA to take a sampling of off-the-shelf olive oil bottles offered for sale to consumers to determine if it is adulterated with seed oil, pursuant to Section 342 of the FDCA, and report to Congress within 270 days on its findings.

What Dr. Oz gets wrong about olive oil

On Thursday, May 12, 2016 Dr. Oz reported that "80% of extra virgin olive oil that you buy every day in your supermarket isn’t the real deal --it may be fake."

The biggest fraud in olive oil

The biggest fraud in olive oil today is leading consumers to believe it’s all "fake."  Some olive oil marketers are casting aspersions on all imported olive oil, leaving consumers bewildered and confused. Where do these claims of olive oil fraud come from?

Olive Oil Standards & Testing for Purity and Quality [video]


How to Interpret Olive Oil Test Results [video]

When it comes to testing olive oil there are two areas of concern – purity, to confirm the product has not been mixed with seed or nut oils or lower-grade olive oil; and quality, which confirms the grade and state of the oil. The grade standards and tests are maintained by the International Olive Council (IOC), which annually certifies chemical laboratories and tasting panels that are proficient in performing the full analyses according to the IOC trade standard.   

What is a "fake" olive oil?

We've seen reports on the internet claiming that the majority of extra-virgin olive oils sold in the USA are "fake". We'd like to take a moment to break down that claim. 

5 expert tips for buying olive oil

Recent stories about "fake" olive oil have made consumers nervous. How can you know that you are buying authentic, healthy olive oil? 

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