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Davis Olive Center Chemist, NAOOA's Bauer on NPR

Jul. 26, 2010
Olive Oil Times Staff

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Debate con­tin­ues to swirl around the recent UC Davis Olive Center’s report that found most imported extra vir­gin olive oils sam­pled did not meet inter­na­tional stan­dards.

National Public Radio today on a seg­ment titled Your Olive Oil May Not Be The Virgin It Claims inter­viewed Charles Shoemaker, a chemist from the UC Davis lab, and Bob Bauer, President of the North American Olive Oil Association. Bauer, whose NAOOA mem­ber­ship includes most of the major olive oil importers, has been hit­ting the air­waves in an effort to refute the report, which Bauer calls irre­spon­si­ble” for rely­ing partly on tests that he says have not been inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized.

The UC Davis report was financed in part by the California Olive Oil Council whose mem­bers, mostly domes­tic olive oil pro­duc­ers, have much to gain by the dis­cred­it­ing of imported olive oils.

The report has received con­sid­er­able media cov­er­age as head­lines like NBC’s Nothing Extra About Imported Extra-Virgin Oil”, or Lab Tests Cast doubt on Olive Oil’s Virginity” (LA Times) have made for atten­tion-grab­bing copy. Hundreds of out­lets have cov­ered the story since the report was first posted here nearly two weeks ago.

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