Again, olive oil is again a hot topic, and again due to consumer fraud. After an analysis conducted by the OCU, it has been determined that several oil brands cheat on their quality and sell the product at a price higher than its share.
Thus, after analyzing 40 brands of oil, 34 of extra virgin olive oil and six of virgin olive oil, the OCU has ruled that several of them among which are Eroski, Hojiblanca, Coosur, Ybarra, Consum, Arteoliva, Condis, Olisone, Aliada, Maeva, and Olilán, they could be letting consumers down by charging almost one more euro, selling an oil labeled as extra when it's only a virgin.
Maeva and Olilán go further and the oil they sell is lampante, unrefined, for its elaboration poorly preserved or old olives are used and its labeling although within the law, is incomplete as it does not indicate, for example, the date of packaging.
We talked about this topic a while ago, and that is the plot of bad labeling in oil is not a novelty and companies are only required by law to indicate the name of the product, the net content, the date of preferential consumption, the identification of the company, the brand, the lot and the geographical origin.
For the study the oils were subjected to several chemical analyzes and an organoleptic one, following the official system that mandates the regulations. I miss, however, that we talk about the new method called EMI, based on a spectrometry technique, which at the moment, and as we mentioned last summer, is the only one that can effectively guarantee that olive oil analyzed meets all the requirements to be called extra virgin.
After the analysis, the OCU concludes that the best extra virgin are Oleoestepa, Ybarra large fruity selection, Hacendado, La Española great selection, Dintel special selection, El Corte Inglés, Carbonell great selection, Day and Hispaniola. And among the so-called virgin, Mar de Olivos, Cerrefour, Cordoliva and Auchan stand out.
I am surprised that a brand as economical as Día is among the outstanding extra virgin, so of course I plan to try it. And on the other hand, I have once consumed Olilán, which I find in Eroski, and I have been stunned to see that it is one of the worst, since its price is not that you gave so much of other brands with more renown.
Despite all this, the consumer association indicates that almost all companies comply with current legislation and that we take into account that a high price is not always indicative of quality. I hope that this report, already in the hands of the competent authorities, it helps, and if these companies have committed infractions, which in my view is that yes, they impose the relevant sanctions or exclude them from the market.
What cannot be is that they laugh at consumers once again and that these oil brands that cheat about their quality, and they sell us silver for gold, they go unpunished or with fines so ridiculous that they find it more profitable to continue with their trick.
Note: Following the publication of the OCU report, several of the companies affected have come out in their defense, such as Hojiblanca, ensuring that their oils are extra virgin as evidenced by their internal analyzes, and that the OCU has not carried out the analysis according to current regulations, so they even plan to take legal action.
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