Grades of Olive Oil 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. 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. 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. Critical Information for Olive Oil Decision Makers Top olive oil experts will share insights to help distinguish good quality olive oil from bad at a January 12 conference presented by the Culinary Institute of America and the UC Davis Olive Center. Aussie Standard Wrapped, Paul Miller Pitches New World Olive Oil Quality ‘Alliance’ Miller leads a new alliance that aims to connect producers and consumers with an olive oil quality indexing system and restoring the "good brand" of extra virgin. International Olive Council Studying Oils Beyond the Limits of its Standard The IOC invited producers to help it better understand olive oils that fell outside of its standards. The limited response was discussed last week in Madrid. In Olive Council Memorandum, “Unease” Over Australian Standards In a memorandum sent to Standards Australia, Codex Alimentarius and Australia's agriculture and foreign affairs ministries, the IOC laid out what it sees as a troubling development. Australia Adopts New Voluntary Standards for Olive Oil Australian Olive Association President Paul Miller said “the standard puts consumers in a much stronger position when it comes to making informed choices.” Seville Meeting Asks “What Do Consumers Know About Olive Oil?” Consumers' knowledge about olive oil quality, and controversial new EU rules designed to crack down on deodorized oils are on the agenda of a new annual conference in Seville. © 2014 Olive Oil Times. All Rights Reserved.