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Claims of olive oil quality ripe
for fraud, trade agency says

McClatchy News, by Michael Doyle

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Posted By:toledo, 9/16/2013 8:00:24 AM

WASHINGTON — Olive oil debates might start reheating, with a long-awaited International Trade Commission study noting that a lack of standards enforcement has led to "a long history of fraudulent practices." It turns out that "extra virgin" may not be so innocent, after all. After a yearlong study, the trade commission concluded that relatively loose and widely unenforced standards “allow a wide range of oil qualities to be marketed as extra virgin.” Investigators warn that the resulting “adulterated and mislabeled products” hurt U.S. producers, who compete with lower-cost imports by touting higher quality. “Many producers believe that broad and unenforced olive oil standards

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 9/16/2013 8:32:23 AM     (No. 9522681)

I became skeptical of virginity claims early in my adult life.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 9/16/2013 8:33:50 AM     (No. 9522683)

To all you ´extra virgins´ out there I say:

"Thanks for nuthin´."

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mickturn, 9/16/2013 9:24:38 AM     (No. 9522752)

I finally get it...Muslim Men that, off themselves for Jihad, have believed the ´Extra Virgin´ canard on the olive oil packages...and that´s their 72 Virgins.

They get 72 Olives!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: joew9, 9/16/2013 9:50:50 AM     (No. 9522808)

I find that every olive oil I have ever tasted(smelled) has some degree of rancidity.
50% of it I would classify as extremely rancid. The rest - somewhat rancid. I have found EV, V, or old experienced hag to have little difference in possibility of rancid. With my results leaning towards old hag having the least degree of rancid.

People talk of the wonderful flavor of olive oil. I have never detected any flavor. Just a rancid oxidized oil odor that overwhelms anything else my nose could detect. I think it is possible that the oil goes rancid(oxidizes) while still on the tree or else the vendors stock pile the oil for a year or more before sending it out to stores.

I have entertained the theory that my nose is more keenly sensitive to rancid oil than others. But I think it is because I have used so much oil based house paint which has a high degree of rancid since they often boil the linseed oil and speed up the oxidation process.
I have bought expensive so called high quality brands of extra virgin olive oil and found it to be as rancid as the jar of peanut butter that sat in my pantry for four years.
Someday I want to be at an olive farm and sample the oil coming right off the press just to see if it´s rancid right from the tree.

As to the health effects, how healthy can it be to eat rancid oil?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bohallx, 9/16/2013 9:52:34 AM     (No. 9522815)

In the original Aramaic the ´72´ Virgins clause reads "nice large bunch of sweet, white dessert grapes" ~ so, pretty close!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 9/16/2013 10:10:46 AM     (No. 9522848)

With regards to olive oil, all extra virgin means is that is the first pressing of the olives. That´s all. An FYI, light olive oil refers to the final pressing of the olives, not that it is ´diet´.

I usually buy my Italian oil from Costco, and my Spanish oil from Trader Joe´s. They both sell a nice smelling, fresh tasting oil.
Yes, I can tell the difference in the flavors.

I try to avoid those off-beat brandnames at the grocery store. Those tend to be the ones that do have the ´off smell´.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 9/16/2013 10:33:27 AM     (No. 9522885)

Because of the varying quality of olive oils ( I´ve noticed the rancid taste, too) I finally stopped using it & switched to grape seed oil. It has the anti-oxident properties of grapes & it has no taste or "off" flavors.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 9/16/2013 11:27:03 AM     (No. 9522976)

I enjoy an occasional glass of olive oil - with an olive.

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