Friday, February 27, 2015

Fake extra virgin olive oil?

From this health website with which I’m not familiar, comes this warning.  Many brands of olive oil are fake.  Where is the USDA which consumes billions of our tax dollars to promote safe food and accurate labeling?

Independent tests at the University of California found that 69% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are probably fake.(3) This study reported that the following brands failed to meet extra virgin olive oil standards:

    • Bertolli
    • Carapelli
    • Colavita
    • Filippo Berio
    • Mazzola
    • Mezzetta
    • Newman’s Own
    • Safeway
    • Star
    • Whole Foods

The same University of California study listed the following brands as having met their standards for being true extra virgin olive oil.

    • Corto Olive
    • California Olive Ranch
    • Kirkland Organic
    • Lucero (Ascolano)
    • McEvoy Ranch Organic
    • Pompeii

Note: although I found the UC Davis Olive Center, I haven’t found the actual study so I can look at it.  It does produce its own olive oil for sale and is industry funded.  That’s not necessarily bad, but should be noted. So now I’m looking through the Olive Center’s FB page.

1 comment:

Norma said... This is the report on extra virgin olive oil.