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Why you MUST be careful in buying extra-virgin olive oil

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Julie Al-Zoubi reports in the Olive Oil Times:

Europol’s intellectual property crime unit seized 150,000 liters of adulterated olive oil heading for German restaurants and arrested 20 people in a joint operation with the Italian NAS Carabinieri and the Tribunal of Darmstadt in Germany.

The accused allegedly modified low-quality sunflower oil with chlorophyll, beta-carotene and soya, which was then passed off as extra virgin olive oil to be sold in Germany. In some cases, genuine olive oil had been completely replaced with fake oil but was still touted as olive oil.

The oil adulteration took place by a well-organized gang at an unregulated mill in Italy under unsanitary conditions. It was then transported to warehouses in Germany for distribution to buyers.

SEE MORE: Olive Oil Fraud

The accused included drivers who made fortnightly deliveries of the fake oil to Germany in trucks and accomplices who were responsible for the production and packaging of the oil.

Twenty houses were searched in Italy whilst in Germany five trucks, each carrying 23,000 liters of fake oil, were hauled in. Overall, 150,000 liters of fake olive oil were confiscated at a range of locations during the operation.

The accused are believed to have pocketed around €8 million ($8.93 million) annually from their adulterating operation. It is also believed that they acquired one million liters of sunflower oil each year for around €100,000,000 ($111,690,000) and then sold on their fake olive oil for between €5 and €10 ($5.58 and $11.17) per liter.

This seizure was part of an ongoing effort by Operation OPSON to eradicate food fraud and prevent substandard food and drinks being distributed across Europe and further afield.

Europol gave its full support to the operation, which began in March 2019 with a briefing attended by representatives from the Italian and German authorities at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague.

The organization’s role included processing and analyzing information obtained by investigating units as well as making experts from the Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition available on the day of action to provide onsite support.

Back In 2017, Europol issued warnings to producers and consumers that fraudulent food products, including olive oil, cheese, wines and spirits were on the rise across the E.U. Germany was named as one of the countries most affected along with Spain, France, Italy and Greece.

In the same year, a joint operation between Interpol and Europol resulted in €230 million ($290 million) of counterfeit and substandard food and beverages being seized in an operation spanning across 61 countries. This operation unveiled widespread fraudulence in . . .

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This list of good (and bad) olive oils is updated regularly. I just bought this one locally at a price so low I was uneasy, so I was relieved to see it listed:

TERRA Delyssa – Certified Organic EVOO, 100% Tunisian Certified Organic Extra Virgin – Meets and exceeds USDA and International “IOC” standards. Brought to you by the same farmers and millers that controlled the quality of Terra Delyssa from tree to bottle.

Still, I find I don’t like the taste and I am suspicious of the very low price.

Written by Leisureguy

22 May 2019 at 8:36 am

Great lather from Barrister & Mann Reserve Spice (with synthetic brush)

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Yesterday I got a so-so lather from Barrister & Mann’s Reserve Lavender, which struck me as odd, so today I used Reserve Spice with this Chiseled Face synthetic brush. Result: the lather was wonderful. I think tomorrow I’ll replicate yesterday’s shave (same soap, same brush) but be more careful to shake out the brush: the problem may have been too much water in the brush.

Having a wonderful lather does encourage a longer period of brushing the face just to enjoy the lather, so my Feather AS-D1 (one of the good ones—that model line had some razors that wouldn’t cut well) had an easy job and the final result was a very smooth face. (The razor also has a new blade.)

A good splash of Reserve Spice aftershave (after shaking the bottle well) finished the job and launched the day.

Written by Leisureguy

22 May 2019 at 8:30 am

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