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River P
I have to say reading all these pages and pages of olive oil scams has made me distrust buying olive oil completely. I just have no way of knowing if what I'm buying is the real thing or not. Plus the prices of olive oils have sky rocketed over the last year which means buying any could be a double whamy, besides the price is no indicator either of anything. I live in Hong Kong where we don't have the best food testing record, perfunctory at best so must I assume the worst? We get al the main brands of Olive Oil but unfortunately they are made for export to Hong Kong so don't have to neccesarily pass any EU directives and even if they did it looks like Europe is in the grip of an olive oil scam epidemic. Though our labelling laws are very strong this is still no guarantee. Think I wil have to consider a safer alternative after this last bottle of who know what.
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Matina
I read these articles and I am appalled by all this fraud. I am from Chicago, my name is Matina Kolovos, and I came to Greece to check on my family's olive trees. My cousins pick the olives by hand (3rd generation,) and stone cold press in their own facility. It doesnt get better than that. Getting your olive oil straight from the source. No middleman to worry about. If interested call me at 30 (country code for Greece) 6955212425. I will be happy to supply you with Greek Spartan extra virgin cold pressed organic olive oil. Kalamata olives and Greek oragano also.
or e mail me at matinaverdusco1963@gmail.com
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River P
That's wonderfully tempting thank you, but the export cost for self use would make that prohibitive. I have a sister who has a holiday home in the countryside near the sea in Greece she also gets hers from source. So can luckily also be assured of all the health benefits associated with olive oil and extra virgin olive oil. Not even terribly expensive at that.
That's the truly shocking thing about this all, we are paying a premium for a product thinking it's for our health when it could be anything but. Not only this but TV chefs keep plugging olive oil as though nothing was going on, using it like water instead of using a reliable olive oil substitute that is also easily sourced for the consumer.
To get ordinary "genuine" olive oil is prohibitively expensive enough for average home use, TV chefs may as well be extolling us to cook exclusively with trifola d'Alba Madonna (white truffles) because that's as close as we can get to so called "Extra virgin olive oil" in our super markets. Even then we have absolutely no way of knowing how pure it is.
There seems to be a conspiracy of silence on this whole matter from chefs, producers and supermarkets. I can see why there might be from chefs who likely can source the genuine article, the cost covered in their expensive food, who may also be guarded about that source or alternatively plugging any old brand they get paid to plug on TV. You know the bottle casually left around the kitchen. Why producers don't get together and sort it out I truly find remarkable. They seem happy for their product to be rapidly gaining junk status in the eyes of the consumer. Why on earth is there no accredited scheme from olive oil producing countries guaranteeing the products purity!? Surely it's a matter of national pride, if not EU credibility to sort this out? I will just use any of the other healthier vegetable oils available meantime. Labelling laws in America make even that fraught so just lucky I don't live there. The very same labeling laws make even American olive oil untrustworthy I'm affraid.