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Italy Requires Olive Oil Mills to Register Sales and Purchases Online

Aug. 19, 2011
Lucy Vivante

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Wholesale olive oil millers are now required to reg­is­ter their pur­chases and sales on the web­site of the Sistema Informativo Agricolo Nazionale or National Agriculture Information System (SIAN), an online report­ing sys­tem used by var­i­ous agri­cul­tural sec­tors in Italy. 

The law went into effect in July, in advance of the Fall 2011 har­vest. In the past, report­ing was done on paper. The pur­pose of the new sys­tem is to gather data and cut down on fraud­u­lent prac­tices such as mis­rep­re­sent­ing olive oil provenance.

There are some whole­sale millers who feel dis­ad­van­taged because millers who retail their own olive oil are exempted from hav­ing to reg­is­ter their activ­i­ties. Others com­plain about time issues — each trans­ac­tion is sup­posed to be reg­is­tered within six days of its occur­rence. Still oth­ers have com­plained that the sys­tem could be hacked and crit­i­cal infor­ma­tion, such as client lists, could be pub­lished and used by competitors. 

The ques­tion of added costs is also con­tribut­ing to push back. Just over half of Italy’s pop­u­la­tion uses the Internet (ver­sus over 75 per­cent in the U.S.) and this could explain some of the resistance.

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