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Judge Orders Kangadis to Recall or Relabel Capatriti Products

May. 8, 2013
Olive Oil Times Staff

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A fed­eral judge in New York gave Kangadis Foods, the mar­keter of Capatriti brand olive oils two choices: either recall its 100% Pure Olive Oil” prod­ucts, or apply stick­ers to every tin noti­fy­ing cus­tomers that what’s inside is not really olive oil at all.

In North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) v. Kangadis Food Inc., U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff denied a request by Kangadis to limit the recall and label­ing to only stocks held at whole­salers, accord­ing to Law 360.

Capatriti brand prod­ucts are sold in Walmart stores, and NAOOA esti­mated Kangadis sells about one mil­lion tins of 100% Pure Olive Oil” each year.

In its first-ever legal action against an olive oil com­pany, NAOOA sued the mak­ers of Capatriti prod­ucts in February, accus­ing Kangadis Foods, which con­ducts busi­ness as The Gourmet Factory, of unlaw­ful, mis­lead­ing and decep­tive mis­brand­ing.”


Olive pomace oil is a refined prod­uct extracted from the byprod­ucts of the first press­ing, the left­over olive pits and pulp, using high heat and chem­i­cal sol­vents. Olive pomace oil is not allowed in any grade of olive oil under any stan­dard in the world,” said Eryn Balch, exec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of the NAOOA.

The NAOOA first took inter­est in the Capatriti brand when it observed sig­nif­i­cant price dis­crep­ancy in recent months,” said Balch. The law­suit doc­u­ments state that Capatriti’s 100% Pure Olive Oil” sold for one-third to one-half the prices of com­pa­ra­ble prod­ucts.

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