Seven of Italy’s best-known olive oil companies are being investigated for mislabeling inferior quality virgin olive oil as extra-virgin


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The investigation, the latest scandal to hit Italy’s lucrative food and drink sector, involves seven well-known producers accused of passing off virgin olive oil as extra-virgin

Italian authorities announced that of 20 brands of extra-virgin olive oil tested, nine were found to contain lower quality oil. Companies such as Bertolli, Santa Sabina, Primadonna, Antica Badia, Carapelli, Coricelli and Sasso were implicated in the investigation. Many of these producers sell what they claim to be extra virgin olive oil in the United States

Extra-virgin oil, which is typically green-gold in colour, is made by crushing the olives soon after they are picked in a process that involves no chemicals, heat or industrial refining. Virgin olive oil is cheaper and generally more acidic

In 2011 it was found that four out of five bottles of ‘Italian’ olive oil contained low-quality oil from other Mediterranean countries. An investigation by customs officers revealed that unscrupulous producers were mixing in cheaper oil from Greece, Spain, Morocco and Tunisia and passing it off as top-end extra virgin oil.

Have you purchased one of these products? Suspicious of whether you paid for real extra virgin olive oil? We want to hear from you.

william h. said
1322 days ago
I've been buying Bertolli and other brands for 10 years now and just realized the oil I currently have is not even olive oil. Didn't even come close to solidifying in fridge. How do I get involved.

Mildred H. said
1238 days ago
I also have been buying Bertolli and other brands of extra virgin olive oils, It a shame that consumers are continuously been lied to about products quality and safety.

Karrie L. said
880 days ago
I have been purchasing Bertolli'so olive oils for years. The main reason I use olive oil is for health reasons. It's terrible that we can't trust this company'said labels!

Jeny C. said
866 days ago
I have been purchasing Bertolli'so olive oils for years. I use olive oil for health reasons as well as wanting a high quality product. Olive oil is crazy expensive. This is not cool. It's complete bull to sell low quality product to people, marketing it as the same high quality product they think it always was. No wonder why the color had seemed 'off' for quite a while.

Lee E. said
563 days ago
I purchased this product for years my purpose is and was to eat healthy. . .It seems you have no interest health only profit 😣

liz a. said
531 days ago
have bought many many Carapelli, Coricelli .. have some right now at home. it is disgusting. pls let me know.

Lori N. said
321 days ago
I have purchased frequently. Very disappointing.

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