Olive oil is the product obtained by processing the fruit of the olive tree, the olive. In order for it to maintain quality, there are numerous requirements for the manufacturing and marketing process. One is that the product does not mix with any other type of vegetable oil. However, some brands end up committing fraud and selling oils outside the necessary standards.
Several studies carried out by PROTESTE indicate that there are lots of brands added with other oils being marketed as extra virgin olive oil. The most common fraud is the addition of lampante oil or other vegetable oils of less commercial value. Lampante oil has a strong smell and high acidity, extracted from deteriorated or fermented olives and should not be used for food. To be consumed it must be refined, when it starts to be classified as refined olive oil.
What are the most common types of fraud in olive oils?
As much as the practice of selling a mixed product like pure olive oil does not pose risks to the health of the consumer , it allows that manufacturer to exercise unfair competition in the market, achieving more competitive prices for its product, in addition to harming the consumer, who he buys the mixture as if it were olive oil, but ends up without enjoying its benefits.