Counterfeit Olive Oil in the United States

According to an official with the Food and Drug Administration, olive oil is one of the most counterfeited food product in the United States.

In the state of Connecticut, consumer protection officials seized bottles labelled as extra-virgin olive oil that contained 90 percent soybean oil, and tests in the state of California found that 60 to 70 percent of extra virgin olive oils tested contained lower quality oil.

The North America Olive Oil Association stated that most counterfeit olive oils and fraudulent use tends to occur in restaurants rather then bottling plants.


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  1. Source: Elizabeth Welse, “Something fishy? Counterfeit foods enter the U.S. market,” USA Today, January 23, 2009.

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