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