27 Oct

Olive Oil Cops – Italian police can taste fake olive oil

Twenty members of the Italian NAS food piracy unit have graduated from a special course laid on by the Italian National Olive Oil Association Unaprol.

Police said the group graduated from a course taught by the National Olive Oil Association Unaprol that included instruction on how to taste fake extra-virgin olive oil and how to determine the geographical origin of olive oil by subtle differences in taste, ANSA reported Friday.

“This initiative will strengthen the defense of the quality of one of the symbols of the Mediterranean diet,” Unaprol head Massimo Gargano said.

Gargano said training the task force would send “an unequivocal signal” that oil producers are dedicated to ensuring quality.

Olive oil producers in Italy won a battle this year to make sourcing a mandatory part of the labeling on bottles.

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2 Responses to “Olive Oil Cops – Italian police can taste fake olive oil”

  1. Lexli Says:

    I had no clue fake olive oil production and selling was such a big issue overseas. I guess people will do just about anything to make a quick buck, even if it’s making faux olive oil.

    Really interesting.

  2. eli Says:

    ” National Olive Oil Association Unaprol that included instruction on how to taste fake extra-virgin olive oil and how to determine the geographical origin of olive oil by subtle differences in taste “.

    Does it matter? I mean maybe, for those people who are in culinary arts. But for people who just would use what’s available, it doesn’t matter. Chefs would really care fake from original because it might affect the taste or I don’t know.

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