"Virginity" of Imported Olive Oil Called Into Question

Chemists at the University of California Davis are claiming that a majority of samples of imported "extra virgin" olive oils failed to meet expected criteria.
To be extra-virgin, olive oil can't be rancid or doctored with lesser oils. Shoemaker wasn't all that surprised that many of the 14 major brands failed certain tests... "We do spectroscopic studies looking for oxidation," he says. That means the oil's old or spoiled. Shoemaker also tests fatty acids "to make sure the oil is all from olives and not from soybean, sunflower or other types of oil."

The study was funded by the California Olive Oil council, so it's not surprising that representatives of olive oil importers are questioning the validity of the data.
There's never been a legal definition in the U.S. for any grade of olive oil, but mounting concern over truth-in-olive-oil-labeling has drawn in the USDA, and new American regulations will conform to international standards. Starting in October, olive oil from every olive oil-producing country, including America, will be subject to random sampling off retail shelves.

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You need to taste the oil. The finer and fresher the oil the better it will taste. And when you come to think about it, the taste is probably why you are buying it in the first place. Hey, enjoy your salad...
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The only stuff I trust is the super expensive hippy-food store oil. $18 for 6oz but it's California grown and the label gives the name of the orchard and the season of harvest, much like fine wine.
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Let me summarize: Do not believe anything on the label of olive oil sold in the US. If it tastes, good use it. If not, pour it in your crankcase and buy something else.
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