`Details Expected Thursday on Investigations Into Deodorized Olive Oils

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Details Expected Thursday on Investigations Into Deodorized Olive Oils

Mar. 29, 2011
Lucy Vivante

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This Thurs­day in Rome, the gov­ern­men­t’s bureau of forestry, the Corpo Fore­stale, will hold a news con­fer­ence about its recent inves­ti­ga­tions into deodor­ized olive oils and sup­ply chains. The inves­ti­ga­tions were car­ried out by the agen­cy’s agri­cul­tural branch. On Feb­ru­ary 24th, the Corpo Fore­stale said the inves­ti­ga­tions, which were started in Sep­tem­ber 2010, involved 450 tons of deodor­ized olive oil. The oil was allegedly fraud­u­lently labeled as extra vir­gin olive oil.

While the agency did not explic­itly name any com­pa­nies, they described one inves­ti­gated com­pany as a noted for­eign com­pany which since 2005 has been the pro­pri­etor of some famous Ital­ian brands of extra vir­gin olive oil…” leav­ing no doubt that they were talk­ing about the Grupo SOS. Doc­u­ments were seized from pack­ag­ing plants in Pavia, Gen­ova, Reg­gio Emilia, and Flo­rence.

On March 15th, the Flo­rence pros­e­cu­tor’s office, work­ing in con­junc­tion with the forestry depart­ment, indicted two man­agers and an offi­cer of Cara­pelli, one of the Grupo SOS brands. The charges involved fal­si­fied doc­u­ments and food fraud. Cara­pelli lawyer Neri Pin­ucci said the com­pany was not wor­reid about the charges and that the case is based on an irreg­u­lar­ity in the doc­u­ments.”

It seems that the Grupo SOS is only one of the inves­ti­gated com­pa­nies. Details will emerge at the news con­fer­ence, where the fol­low­ing peo­ple will speak:

• Cesare Patrone, Head of the Corpo Fore­stale
• Gio­vanni Fava, Pres­i­dent of the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mis­sion on Coun­ter­feit and Piracy in Com­merce
• Ser­gio Marini, National Pres­i­dent of Coldiretti
• Giuseppe­Vadalà, Direc­tor of the Corpo Fore­stale’s Agri­cul­ture relat­ing to Food and Envi­ron­men­tal Safety Divi­sion

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