This is shocking! Almost 70% of olive oil sold in stores in the United States has actually been cut with cheaper, low-quality oils, or described in one word fake!
At the moment, 7 of the biggest olive oil manufacturers in the United States are cutting their products with substandard oils such as sunflower oil or canola oil. In this way, their intention is to make cost-reduction in manufacturing and lower the quality materials.
There was a similar case in 2008, when over 400 Italian police officers were involved in a major crackdown called ‘’Operation Golden Oil.’’ This ended up in closing up 85 oil farms who were adding certain percentages of chlorophyll to sunflower and canola oil. Later, they were selling it on as extra virgin olive oil. During the process of production, the oil is mixed, colored, perfumed, and flavored. After that, it is being sold to the producer as ‘’extra virgin’’ oil. This improper working provoked the Australian government to check their own olive market, and after examining all of its ‘’extra virgin oils’’ brands in their laboratories, none of them had the certification for being an organic olive oil. For them, this was unacceptable.
These events prompted the University of California to conduct studies on 124 imported brands of extra virgin olive oil. They concluded that over 70% of the investigated samples didn’t meet their expectations of pure olive oils.
The following brands failed the testing:
- Antica Badia
- Felippo Berio
- Whole Foods
These olives passed the test:
- Corto Olive
- California Olive Ranch
- Kirkland Organic
- McEvoy Ranch Organic
- Cobram Estate
- Olea Estates
- Bariani Olive Oil
Apart from following these lists, you can also check the quality of your olive oil at home, by doing some simple tests. For example, put the bottle in the fridge for about 30 minutes and see whether the oil is starting to solidify. If you notice that the oil does start to solidify, then it is a sign that it contains large amount of monounsaturated fat and we are talking about an original extra olive virgin oil. In case you are not noticing any indicators of solidification, then you should know that you have bought a fake olive oil. This is not an ideal solution for testing your olive oil, but it is a useful trick if you are not convinced in its quality. Also, look for official governmental seals of approval written on the label. Perfect examples of extra virgin olive oil brands are ‘’Australian Extra Virgin Certified’’ and ‘’California Olive Oil Council Certified Extra Virgin.’’
Raise your awareness and support the initiative of leading a healthy life, without chemical additives. GMO’s, and other unhealthy options. And remember, your health comes first.