Italian Olive Oil Producer Bellucci Premium Comments on Suggested Solutions to Prevent Olive Oil Fraud

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Following an article by The Olive Oil Times that shares possible ways to stop olive oil fraud, Bellucci Premium comments on how to ensure customers of olive oil quality.

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Bellucci Premium shares ways it ensures the authenticity of its extra virgin olive oil in response to an article that sheds light on possible ways to combat olive oil fraud.

According to an October 4th article published by The Olive Oil Times titled "Scientists Pool Expertise in Fight Against Fake Olive Oils," there was a meeting amongst some of the world’s top olive oil verification experts earlier this year. The meeting was geared towards brainstorming solutions to combat olive oil fraud.

A newsletter released after the meeting detailed 3 major issues when it comes to olive oil fraud and standards of quality. The 3 issues listed were "the blending of extra virgin olive oil or virgin olive oil with soft deodorized olive oil, or with other adulterant oils, and the evaluation of quality parameters related to freshness," says the article. Another document released after the workshop said that it can be easy to manipulate or mix oils because most stay within limits and standards of European olive oil.

The article detailed these solutions to help with olive oil fraud:

  •     DAGs and PPPs- DAGs measure diacylglycerols and PPPs measure the chlorophyll pigment in olive oil to pyropheophytin. This can help determine if oils were improperly stored or are old.
  •     Required panel tests- Only an actual taste test can pick up aroma and taste. The only downside to this option is that it requires trained panelists.
  •     NIR spectroscopy- This method is cheap, easy and is said to be "a dominant analytical tool for routine and real-time food safety and quality controls" by Christian Gertz of the German Society for Fat Science.
  •     DNA methods- This can be used to determine if extra virgin olive oil has been mixed with other oils, such as vegetable oils.

Natalie Sexenian, marketing manager for Italian olive oil producer Bellucci Premium, is happy to see that there has been further progress in making sure that all olive oils meet proper authenticity and quality standards. "It’s great to see experts coming together and brainstorming how to best tackle this industry issue," she says. "At Bellucci Premium, we ensure our customers of the quality of our products by including a best-by and harvest date, as well as a bottle lot number that allows customers to track where the olives in their bottle of olive oil came from through our traceability app."

Bellucci offers three different types of oil, including an organic option, with a mild peppery flavor and fruity undertones that will satisfy any palate. Bellucci Premium Toscano extra virgin olive oil uses olives that are grown on the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and maintained by 3rd and 4th generation farmers. The third type of oil Bellucci produces is the finest 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil, grown in many different regions of Italy.

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