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Oil 2015: a memorable harvest, though mind frauds


Winter is on our doorstep and we have now reached at the long-awaited moment of having to examine this year’s olive harvest. After the disastrous 2014 harvest, when the infestation of the oil fly caused unprecedented damage to local plantations, olive growers can finally feel relieved. Indeed, according to statistics, 2015 has been a year of great results for oil in terms of quantity, though also, and more importantly, in terms of quality.

In this counterattack of the olive sector, an essential role was played first and foremost by favourable climatic conditions which as mentioned significantly limited the attacks of the olive fly and the resulting use of pesticides on affected plants.

So a memorable harvest for Italian oil, the most nutritious and finest of the country’s seasonings. An authentic excellence among Italian products, though even in the best seasons it needs to face other obstacles associated with the growing phenomenon of counterfeiting.

Precisely a few days ago the news of more than 7,000 tonnes of fake Italian oil seized from a company in the Puglia region by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Bari caused a sensation. Bottled and packed with the words “Made In Italy” on the label, the product was actually mixed with oil from non-EU countries such as Syria, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey.

Protecting local excellence, honest companies and consumers is one of the main battles led by institutions every day. Over the last year, there have been more than 10,000 checks of this kind carried out by our inspection bodies.