Italian Olive Oil Producer Bellucci Premium Responds to Europe’s Possible Ban of Olive Oil Cruets

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Italian olive oil producer Bellucci Premium responds to article in The Olive Oil Times that discussed Europe’s intentions to regulate the distribution and representation of olive oil.

On February 14, Italian olive oil producer, Bellucci Premium, responds to an article in The Olive Oil Times that explains Europe’s intentions to regulate the distribution and representation of olive oil by banning refillable olive oil containers in European restaurants and cafes.

According to The Olive Oil Times article, “Reusable olive oil cruets would effectively be banned in restaurants and cafes across the European Union from next year, under proposed changes before the European Commission [EC].” To improve the label’s readability, the proposed changes will require all olive oil containers have proper and visible labels, with the following specifications: “2mm for volumes up to 25ml, 3mm for above 25 but no more than 100ml, and 4mm above 100ml.”

For quality control, labels must also include the harvest date if the olive oil is from that year’s harvest and instructions on how to properly store it. If passed, the EC will perform regular checks to ensure that all restaurants are adhering to the measures. “If irregularities are found they must request an audit,” the article stated. “They must also report to the EC each year with specified details of these checks.”

Bellucci Premium’s marketing manager Natalie Sexenian agrees with the EC’s changes and says, “It’s important that consumers are aware of the quality and freshness of the olive oil they are getting.” Sexenian adds, “Fresh olive oil is essential to cooking because it transforms ingredients into a delectable meal.” Bellucci Premium has specially manufactured bottles that have tamper resistant controlled pour spouts so that every consumer knows exactly what’s in the bottle.

Bellucci Premium extra virgin olive oil uses olives that are grown on the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and maintained by 3rd and 4th generation farmers. In total, Bellucci offers three types of oil, including Toscano that is certified from Tuscany, a 100% Italian coming from all regions of Italy, and Certified Organic that consists of a blend of olives from Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

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