olive oil grades

IOC Approves New Limits for Fatty Acids, Restoring ‘Extra Virgin’ Status to Southern Italian Varieties

The International Olive Oil Council approved new limits for fatty acids, allowing some varietals with unique chemical makeups to meet the parameters for the extra virgin grade.

Researchers Use Optical Spectroscopy to Classify Olive Oils

Using optical spectroscopy, the new method can identify extra virgin, virgin and lampante.
Special Report

Italian Producers Group Propose New Olive Oil Classifications

With other olive oils taking a back seat to extra virgin, Assitol’s president recommends a new approach.

Proposed Rules Would Align Morocco with International Standards

The Moroccan government has proposed rules which will define and regulate the quality of olive oil.
Olive Oil Times Special

Divergent Views on Proposed California Olive Oil Standards

Forty-nine witnesses testified on proposed olive oil grading and labeling standards, and many others submitted written comments.

Council Seeks Input on Olive Oil Definitions and Test Methods

Under a new system designed to boost transparency, the IOC has begun circulating proposals on new or revised methods of analysis, parameters or limits.
Special Report

Importers Accuse Australian Group of Making False Claims

The Australian Olive Association has launched a "buy Aussie" campaign, which one group calls misleading.

Olive Oil Quality Seals? Take Your Pick

Quality seal programs certify the quality of the olive oils displaying their stickers so consumers can buy with confidence.