Grades of Olive Oil

Researchers Use Optical Spectroscopy to Classify Olive Oils

Using optical spectroscopy, the new method can identify extra virgin, virgin and lampante.

Council Seeks Input on Olive Oil Definitions and Test Methods

Under a new system designed to boost transparency, the IOC has begun circulating proposals on new or revised methods of analysis, parameters or limits.
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Olive Oil Quality Seals? Take Your Pick

Quality seal programs certify the quality of the olive oils displaying their stickers so consumers can buy with confidence.

New Farm Bill Includes Olive Oil Controls

The U.S. Farm Bill of 2012 failed to pass, but a new version is back with the same provision for olive oil as last year’s version.
Olive Oil Times Special

New World Fails in Push to Raise Campesterol Limit for Olive Oil

New World producers have again failed in a bid to raise the limit for campesterol in olive oil, which they say acts as a trade barrier.

Test to Detect Explosives Also Finds Bad Olive Oil

Researchers at the University of Córdoba have proven that ion mobility spectrometry, the analytical technique most commonly used to detect explosives and at airports, is also effective for identifying fraudulent olive oil.
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Chemists’ Society Offers Proficiency Testing for Olive Oil Sensory Panels

AOCS recognition will give sensory panels an opportunity to demonstrate to olive oil producers, retailers, and importers that they are accurately assessing olive oil quality.

Argentina to IOC: Campesterol Level Must Change

Argentina continued its push for a revision to the International Olive Council limit for campesterol in olive oil at the IOC Council of Members meeting in Buenos Aires.