Fraudulent Olive Oil Discovered

Inspectors in a Milan supermarket took some containers of what was labeled “Tuscan Extra-virgin Olive Olive” back to the lab to test, which revealed that the contents were actually inedible lamp oil. ¬†They subsequently visited the Tuscan estate where the product was packaged in Ginestra Fiorentina, a suburb of Lastra a Signa, and confiscated 5,400 bottles of bogus olive oil, which again was lamp oil, with an acidity of over 2% (extra-virgin olive oil can have a maximum acidity of .08%).

The same inspectors have often found that what passes as for “extra-virgin” olive oil by famous brands is actually “virgin olive oil,” characterized by an acidity under 2%. ¬†To read more in Italian, visit Florence’s La Repubblica news site.