Friday Fun Facts- Olive Oil and the Mob!

Many of us have switched to olive oil since it is a healthier alternative to many other oils for cooking. What you didn’t know is that you are probably getting ripped off. This is big business and millions are being made by scamming the public. What a ripe scenario for a book!20140910-olives-flickr-3-art-poskanzer

  1. “Mafia copies of fine olive oil, wine and cheese have fueled an explosion of food crime in Italy,” said CBS News correspondent, Bill Whitaker.
  2. “It’s very difficult to say in any given case with olive oil exactly how many drops in a given bottle actually have Mafia blood on them.” Tom Mueller
  3. Many times you get a lower grade oil mixed with a small amount of good extra virgin oil.olive-oil-being-poured-into-a-bowl
  4. Sometimes it’s very low quality that has been deodorized, mixed with something that has a little color and BOOM! you have high quality, made in Italy, extra virgin olive oil. It’s illegal and its done all the time.
  5. You can take colorless, odorless sunflower oil, add some chlorophyll and it has the color of “olive oil”.
  6. Some responsible olive growers in Sicily have tried to fight back against the Mob. Nicola Clemenza started a consortium and had his car burned and also part of his house while he was still inside with his wife and daughter!
  7. 75-80% of the olive oil that reaches Americans is NOT really extra virgin.herbal-oil-olive-oil-fb
  8. The top-selling brand in the US is Bertolli. Samples were sent to professional tasters and they described it as lampante- which means its the lowest grade of oil. Bertolli is embroiled in a fraud investigation and several class action lawsuits.
  9. Italy is not the only one making money this way. A company in Córdoba, Spain are under investigation for allegedly exporting adulterated olive oils to Italy to be sold as authentic extra virgin olive oil. antique-italian-table-with-four-olive-oil-jars-2
  10. Portuguese food standards y agency ASAE seized 6,000 liters of fake olive oil from a company in the town of Penamacor.
  11. The earliest written mention of olive oil, on cuneiform tablets at Ebla in the twenty-fourth century B.C., describes teams of inspectors who toured olive mills on behalf of the king, looking for fraudulent practices.
  12. “The single-minded devotion of these food artisans, who built Italy’s culinary fame, is almost superhuman when you consider how consistently they’re being undercut by olive oil crooks, and abandoned by their own government.  In fact, forces within the Italian government often help the crooks.”olives

2 Responses to Friday Fun Facts- Olive Oil and the Mob!

  1. Great information. Thanks for sharing!

    Like

  2. Judith Russell-Tooth says:

    Wonderful article! Thanks for sharing.

    Like

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