Surprisingly, over 60% of the olive oil sold throughout the States is fake, i.e. the original olive oil is mixed with other, less-expensive vegetable oils, such as sunflower or canola oil!
This fact is devastating, because the product that we all believe to be one of the safest and healthiest is spoiled. Seven olive oil producers use cheaper vegetable oils for the production of olive oil in order to save money and raise their profits.
The affair with fake olive oil broke for the first time back in 2008 in Italy, where the “Operation Golden Oil”, in which hundreds of police officers were involved, revealed the production of fake olive oil.
The operation resulted in a shut-down of more than 80 farms that used canola and sunflower oil with addition of chlorophyll and marketed this product as extra-virgin olive oil. Besides chlorophyll, these oils also contained artificial coloring, aromas and flavors.
After this operation, another similar one took place in Australia. The results were catastrophic in this country as well. In 2012, the Australian authorities conducted vast testing, after which none of the companies that claimed to produce extra-virgin olive oils had their certification production of pure olive oil renewed.
The University of California studied over a hundred imported labels of extra-virgin olive oil and reported thatover 70% of the labels failed the test for purity.
Which Brand to Trust and Which to Stop Using
Following is the list of labels that did not pass the purity test:
However, don’t get disappointed just yet, there is still a number of reliable brands out there:
Bariani Olive Oil
California Olive Ranch
McEvoy Ranch Organic
How to Test Your Olive Oil at Home
To test the olive oil, you are using on daily basis, place the container in the fridge and leave it there for about 30 minutes. If the oil solidifies, it is a good sign. The oil you own is pure and rich in ‘good’ monounsaturated fats. Fake oils do not change their state, i.e. they fail to solidify.
To be more certain, see if the oil container bears a government approval seal, for instance “California Olive Oil Council Certified Extra Virgin” or “Australian Extra Virgin Certified”.
By not buying and supporting the unhealthy products full of additives, chemicals, and GMO, we are investing our well-being and the well-being of our children. We need to show the corrupt industry we are not naïve and that we demand good value for our money.