29 May

Australia and US try to change olive oil standards

The Australian olive oil industry is teaming up with the United States to develop a new set of international olive oil standards.

Dr Rodney Mailer, from the Australian Oils Research Laboratory, says the European International Olive Council’s standards are too restrictive and treat unique aspects of Australian oils as negative traits.

He says Australian producers shouldn’t be disadvantaged, because their olive oil is different to European oils.

“One of the sterols in olive oil, campesterol, is a little bit higher [in Australian oils],” he says.

“This doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with the oil.

“The varieties we have here just have a bit more than what the [current] standards say they should have.

“In fact, I think it’s a good thing, because it’s a nutritional benefit but we have some trouble trying to export to Europe because of these standards.”

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