Bellucci Premium Comments on Recent Arrests Made by the Greek Police for Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fraud

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Following an article detailing recent arrests in Greece for olive oil fraud, Bellucci Premium shares the importance of checking for the authenticity of olive oil bottles.

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On August 6, Bellucci Premium comments on an article by The Olive Oil Times that reports recent arrests by the Greek police on suspects who were selling olive oil with false labels.

According to an article by The Olive Oil Times on July25thtitled “Greek Police Make Arrests in Olive Oil Fraud Ring,” two separate cases of olive oil fraud led to arrests in some of Greece’s largest cities.

In the city of Kilkis, four suspects were apprehended for selling fake olive oil. The article says the oil was a combination of soybean oil with added colorants to make it appear as extra virgin olive oil. The suspects we caught in the act when they attempted to sell 1,000 liters of the oil in 5-liter bottles for around 2,500 euros. The men will be forced to appear in court for charges of fraud.

Another recent arrest was made in Athens following a 3 month investigation. A suspect was arrested after trying to place ads to sell extra virgin olive oil. The article noted that if someone went to purchase from one of the suspects’ warehouses and the buyer became suspicious, he used physical violence. “Police say the suspect is involved in eight olive oil fraud cases, as well as several fraud cases in the Greek furniture industry.”

“This is prime example of why consumers should take steps to make sure their olive oil is authentic,” says Natalie Sexenian, marketing manager for Bellucci Premium. “Always check for traces of authenticity on a bottle of olive oil. Never purchase it from unknown sources and always check the label for a harvest date. At Bellucci Premium, we make sure each bottle of extra virgin olive oil is properly labeled. We even have a traceability app so that our consumers can discover exactly where their olive oil came from.”

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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