Olive Oil Standards Study

Claims of olive oil quality ripe for fraud, trade agency says…

mqr0o.Xl.91WASHINGTON — Olive oil debates might start reheating, with a long-awaited International Trade Commission study noting that a lack of standards enforcement has led to “a long history of fraudulent practices.”

It turns out that “extra virgin” may not be so innocent, after all.

After a yearlong study, the trade commission concluded that relatively loose and widely unenforced standards “allow a wide range of oil qualities to be marketed as extra virgin.” Investigators warn that the resulting “adulterated and mislabeled products” hurt U.S. producers, who compete with lower-cost imports by touting higher quality.

Link to the article by Michael Doyle

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