21 Apr

Italian police arrest 39 over fake olive oil export

Italian police have arrested 39 people and seized truckloads of fake olive oil destined for the United States, Germany and Switzerland to be sold at a big profit.

fake stampsPolice said on Monday they seized 25,000 litres (5,500 gallons) of the fake oil. The gang was adding flavouring and colourants to vegetable oil and slapping false labels onto bottles that claimed the contents were extra-virgin olive oil.

Random tests on olive oil, as well as suspicions raised by some Italian restaurateurs and retailers, had led police to make the discovery. Police impounded contents of seven premises where the fake oil was being produced.

“We blocked the export of huge amounts of the oil to America, Germany and Switzerland, avoiding another international scandal after the buffalo mozzarella case,” said Ernesto Di Gregorio, a Carabinieri police chief in the southern city of Naples.

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