Fake Extra Virgin Olive Oil Scandal
Seven of Italy’s major olive oil producers are being investigated for allegedly selling lower quality olive oil as extra-virgin. The oil was sold through a three discount supermarket chains in Europe. Large, well-known companies including Bertolli, Santa Sabina and Primadonna were part of the investigation.
Extra-virgin oil has a deeper lustrous golden green color that differs from virgin olive oil. It is produced by crushing the olives shortly after picking. The processing of EVVO involves no chemicals, heat or industrial refining and is less acidic than virgin olive oil.