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!
Namely, one of the products we regard as healthiest and a remedy for longevity has been corrupted. It has been found that seven of the U.S. largest olive oil manufacturers have been cutting their products with cheaper oils with the goal to reduce the cost of production.
This is similar to the 2008 practice in Italy when over 400 police officers took part in a major crackdown known as “Operation Golden Oil.”
- This operation closed 85 oil producing companies that added certain percentage of chlorophyll and sunflower and canola oil to the olive oil. The companies mixed the organic oil with other ingredient, added colors, aromas, and flavors, and all this made the Australian government investigate their own oil producing companies as well. They got terrible results.
When this happened, there was not a single brand labeled as extra virgin olive oil that got the 2012 certificate of approval.
This contributed to the California University investigation of 124 imported oils. The results indicated that more than 70 percent of the samples failed the tests.
– Antica Badia
– Whole Foods
– Felippo Berio
These brands passed:
– Corto olive
– McEvoy Ranch Organic
– California Olive Branch
– Bariani Olive oil
– Olea Estates
– Cobram Estate
– Kirkland Organic
Also, test the olive oil yourself at home. Put the bottle out when cold, or in the fridge for 30 min. if it gets solid, it is pure and has monounsaturated fats.
Yet, just to be sure, look for official governmental seals of approval on the label, like “Australian Extra Virgin Certified” and “California Olive Oil Council Certified Extra Virgin.”
We believe it is time to make a stand and stop supporting the corrupt industry of chemical additives, GMO’s and unhealthy alternatives. Let’s value our health, as well as money, and fight to get what we pay.
Moreover, we need to try and restore the honesty of the olive oil industry around the world.