Apr. 3, 2023
The European Commission plans to ban new public eco-labels and allow member states to approve private eco-labels with higher standards than existing ones.
Feb. 6, 2023
Organic Producers Take Eco-Score Labels to Court
IFOAM brings a lawsuit accusing Eco-Score labeling of being unfair to organic production and misleading to consumers.
Feb. 6, 2023
Nutri-Score Founder: Olive Oil Will Never Attain the Highest Rating
The co-inventor of the nutrition label said olive oil would never be rated with a "Green A" because it is solely comprised of fat.
Dec. 9, 2022
Europe Puts Off Decision on Food Labeling
An Italian European Parliament member said the decision has been removed from the 2023 legislative agenda and is unlikely to be taken up again before 2024.
Nov. 30, 2022
Europe Rolls Out New Rules Governing Olive Oil Quality
Brussels reviewed olive oil classifications, labeling and marketing. The simplified rules aim at a more homogeneous E.U. olive oil market.
Nov. 14, 2022
French Scientists and Health Professionals Reiterate Support for Nutri-Score
A Change.org petition for mandatory European adoption of Nutri-Score has received more than 35,000 signatures. It comes shortly after an open letter failed to yield results.
Sep. 21, 2022 News Briefs
Studies Indicate Labels Like Nutri-Score Help Consumers Make Healthy Choices
Jul. 6, 2022
New European Label Recognizes Health Benefits of High-Polyphenol EVOOs
The goal of the Aristoil Plus project is to improve olive oil quality among its members and promote olive oil as a nutraceutical food to consumers.
May. 25, 2022
Nutri-Score Does Not Penalize Traditional Food Specialties, Survey Finds
At least two-thirds of samples with protected statuses from the European Union received an "A" or "B" from Nutri-Score.
May. 16, 2022
Olive Farmers in Alentejo Seek Sustainable Certification Label
The new initiative is meant to promote sustainable farming and milling practices. Participating farmers hope the certification will add value.
May. 9, 2022
European Commissioner to Hear Olive Oil Sector’s Concerns About Nutri-Score
European officials will work with the sector to promote extra virgin olive oil culture and health benefits ahead of the potential introduction of Nutr-Score.
May. 9, 2022
Italian Police Seize €170,000 of Mislabeled Olive Oil
Italian authorities said they prevented 2.3 million liters of virgin and refined olive oils labeled as extra virgin from entering the market.
Apr. 25, 2022
California Olive Ranch Promotes Traceability with New Smart Labels
The company wants to give customers a way to learn more about their olive oil. However, some question the effectiveness of smart labels not backed by blockchain.
Mar. 7, 2022
Indian Consumers Reject Nutri-Score and Other Labels
A nationwide study conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Science found warning labels to be the most effective type of front-of-pack labels.
Aug. 9, 2021
Rapid Test Developed to Check the Quality and Authenticity of Olive Oil
Using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, researchers were able to identify the individual compounds in olive oil samples and determine their provenance.
Jul. 13, 2021
Pilot Project Will Test New Eco-Label for European Food Packages
Olive oil producers are expected to benefit from the scheme, which rates a food’s sustainability on four criteria, including carbon emissions.
Jul. 12, 2021
Exporters' Association of Crete Rejects Nutri-Score
The association argues that the application of Nutri-Score on the island’s olive oil and honey would be catastrophic for producers and consumers alike.
May. 4, 2021
Legislation Restricting Use of 'California' on Olive Oil Labels Gains Momentum
While AB-535 has gained some prominent supporters and breezed through committees, its detractors remain confident a compromise can still be reached.
Mar. 29, 2021
Italian Politicians, Farmers Unite to Oppose Nutri-Score
In response to a pro-Nutri-Score petition signed by hundreds of scientists, Italian politicians and farmers have united in opposing to the French labeling system while promoting its alternatives.
Mar. 17, 2021
Hundreds of Scientists Support Adoption of Nutri-Score Labeling System
Almost 300 scientists and health professionals praised the scientific basis of Nutri-Score and criticized the alternative proposals.
Mar. 16, 2021
New Legislation Aims to Limit Use of ‘California’ on Olive Oil Labels
Supporters of Assembly Bill 535 say it will protect California growers from unfair business practices. Detractors believe the bill punishes large producers and is unconstitutional.
Mar. 10, 2021
Tunisia Works With Producers to Add Value to Branded Exports
Olive oil exporters in Tunisia hope to double exports of bottled olive oil in the next five years. The government plans to help by easing bureaucratic hurdles and promoting quality.