03 Jul

California closer to standards for olive oil

  • Would make state definitions conform to world standards
  • Current California law does not define olive oil grades

A bill to update California’s definitions of olive oil grades to conform to international standards is headed to a vote by the California Assembly.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee voted Wednesday to approve Senate Bill 634, authored by Sen. Patricia Wiggins, D – Santa Rosa.

The bill would also define “flavored olive oil” to reflect market practices and would require that olive oil be labeled consistent with the updated food grade definitions. The Appropriations Committee approved the bill as part of its consent calendar.

Olive oil is a rapidly growing industry in California, with volume projected to increase by 1,000 percent in the next five years,” says Ms. Wiggins. “California also produces 99.9 percent of the domestically grown olive oil in the U.S.

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