According to a recent investigation, 70% of the olive oil present on the American market is fake. This type of oil was supposed to be healthy, but it now seems that, like with other healthy products, we have been scammed for years. The investigation showed that 7 of the biggest and most powerful olive oil producers are cutting their oil with cheaper oils such as canola in order to make more profit.
In 2008, the Italian police led an operation (Golden Oil) that led to the seizure of 85 olive oil farms that added sunflower and canola oil as well as chlorophyll in their olive oil products. The oils were flavored and perfumed as well, and there was almost no difference between the fake and authentic olive oils. After the operation, the Australian government launched their own investigation, and the results have been shocking. After the Australian investigation in 2012, there’s not one olive oil brand that got the certificate of approval.
The California University conducted their own research on American olive oil brands, and discovered that 70% of the samples didn’t pass the test. Here are the brands that passed:
- McEvoy Ranch Organic
- Corto olive
- California Olive Branch
- Kirkland Organic
- Cobram Estate
- Olea Estates
- Here are the brands that failed the test:
- Antica Badia
- Felippo Berio
- Whole foods
As you can see, the olive oil brands we often buy can’t be considered truly authentic, no matter what the label says. If you want, you can perform a test on your olive oil at home that can reveal if it’s fake. Just take the bottle out in the cold and leave it for half an hour – if the oil is solid, it is pure and contains monounsaturated fats. However, if the oil stays liquid, it is definitely fake. You can also check the label for the Australian Extra Virgin certification or the California Olive Oil Council sign.
We should all avoid buying the abovementioned brands and punish the profiteers – our health is more worth than their money, which is why we should support healthy organic brands.