According to recent investigations, up to 70% of the olive oil that sold in the supermarkets in the USA is mixed with cheap bad oils such as sunflower and canola. Experts discovered that 7 of the biggest olive oil makers in USA actually mix the olive oil with cheap ones and sell the product at the same price as 100% olive oil.
This case is similar with the case in Italy that happened back in 2008. Namely, in 2008, 400 Italian police officers were involved in the operation called ‘Golden oil’. It was discovered that even 85 oil farms mixed some percentage chlorophyll with sunflower and canola to the olive oil and the products were seized. After finding out that Italian oil was mixed, colored, perfumed and flavored, the Australian government investigated their own oils. The results of this investigation were shocking.
After these scandals, back in 2012 not one brand named extra virgin olive oil got the certificate of approval.
The California University investigated 124 oils and the results were shocking: more than 70% of the samples failed the laboratory tests.
Oils that did not pass the tests them were:
- Felippo Berio
- Whole Foods
- Antica Badia
In addition to that, the brands that passed the tests were:
- Bariani Olive oil
- California Olive Branch
- Corto olive
- McEvoy Ranch Organic
- Olea Estates
- Cobram Estate
- Kirkland Organic
If you have olive oil that is not on this list, you can make a test at your home. All you should do is to put the bottle of olive oil in the fridge and let it stay half an hour. If the oil gets solid it is pure and has monounsaturated fats. This oil is completely safe for use. Otherwise, if the oil stays liquid it is fake one.
Before buying olive oil, always check the label for approvals such as Australian Extra Virgin Certified, or California Olive Oil Council Certified Extra Virgin.