`Indian Olive Association Responds to Reports of Olive Oil Blockade


Indian Olive Association Responds to Reports of Olive Oil Blockade

Aug. 28, 2014
By Olive Oil Times Staff

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The Indian Olive Asso­ci­a­tion (IOA) has released a state­ment in response to the widely-reported Indian ban on Euro­pean olive oil.

Recent news has sug­gested Indian ports refused to clear Euro­pean foods includ­ing olive oils and held the oils and other per­ish­able imports in unsuit­able ware­houses. The block­age was claimed to have been in response to the EU’s tem­po­rary ban on Indian man­gos and fruits after pests were found among a por­tion of the ship­ments.

Accord­ing to the state­ment released by the IAO, All such reports are incor­rect and the olive oil indus­try in India does not cur­rently have uncleared con­sign­ments that have been denied entry into India.”

It fur­ther con­tra­dicts the claim that uniden­ti­fied salt con­tent in oils were part of the rea­son for the imposed ban. The salt con­tent issue refers to table olives and not olive oil. The Indian trade stan­dards for table olives are dif­fer­ent from the trade stan­dards in Codex, for exam­ple olives dark­ened by oxi­da­tion must have a min­i­mum sodium chlo­ride per­cent­age of 7 per­cent in brine whereas in Codex it is GMP.”
See more: India Blocks Euro­pean Olive Oil After EU Bans its Man­goes, MEP Claims
Codex Ali­men­ta­r­ius, an inter­na­tional trade com­mis­sion, has been around since 1963 and has estab­lished a body of sci­en­tif­i­cally based stan­dards for food safety and trade. Despite the dif­fer­ent stan­dards, Food Safety and Stan­dards Author­ity of India (FSSAI) has agreed to clear the table olives, the Indian Food and Bev­er­age report said. Progress is also being made on the Indian side toward align­ing the two stan­dards.

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