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The 14 Fake Olive Oil Companies Are Revealed Now – Avoid These Brands

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I highly recommend that anyone who uses olive oil (which should be everyone) read Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, by Tom Mueller. The book explained how Whole Foods could sell their Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil for $9/liter: it was not extra virgin olive oil and in fact it mostly was not olive oil at all. Actual EVOO runs more like $22/liter. The book is entertaining and informative; at the link are inexpensive secondhand copies.

As a result, I stopped buying any imported olive oil at all. As the book documents, counterfeit olive oil is pandemic, and nothing is done: not only do governments not stop it, they don’t even slow it down. I buy only California certified extra virgin olive oil that is bottled by the producers.

The blog Native Love has a list:

It was found that even 7 of the biggest olive oil makers in the USA, mix their items with cheap oils to get more profits. Namely, one of the products we regard as healthiest and a remedy for longevity has been corrupted

Apparently, even 70% of olive oil sold in the U.S. stores is fake, as they have been cut with cheaper, inferior oils like canola and sunflower oil! This is similar to the 2008 practice in Italy. This meant seizure for 85 oil farms that mixed some percentage chlorophyll with sunflower and canola to the olive oil.

The oil was mixed, colored, perfumed and flavored too, and these things made the Australian government investigate their oils. The results were awful. After that, not one brand named extra virgin olive oil got the 2012 certificate of approval.

These scams made the University of California to study 124 imported brands of extra virgin olive oil and discovered that more than 70% of the samples did not pass the test.


Continue reading.

A more satisfying list: the list of California Oil Council Certified Olive Oils.

Written by LeisureGuy

1 August 2017 at 1:21 pm

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  1. The Pompeiian Organic froze solid in less than 30min, which is their at-home litmus test for being real. And yet, Pompeiian is on the list of those that failed. We don’t have California Oil Council certified on the labels here, so freezing is the only way to know, I guess.


    2 August 2017 at 8:23 am

  2. Interesting. Pompeian was the brand I grew up with. It may be that Pompeian and Pompeian Organic are different. Still, if it solidifies, I’d give it a try. (Also, it may be that the Pompeian that comes to America is different than the same brand sold to other countries—i.e., America may be known as an easy mark.)


    2 August 2017 at 8:42 am

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