Mérieux launches new test to analyze olive oil qualityPublished: 23-12-2015, | Member: Mérieux NutriSciences
Mérieux NutriSciences has launched a state-of-the art test method that can detect whether bottled olive oil is truly ‘extra virgin’. This year’s olive harvest in the main olive oil producing countries yielded a lower volume than the 2014/2015 season, substantially increasing the risk of olive oil fraud.
According to Mérieux NutriSciences, the new analytical method can determine whether bottled olive oil is actually of extra virgin quality or not. While some widely used test methods are not foolproof, the new, 63-parameter state-of-the-art method developed by Mérieux NutriSciences makes fraud practically impossible, the company says.
In late November 2015, the Italian daily Corriere della Sera revealed large-scale olive oil fraud. The paper reported that seven large olive oil manufacturers had labeled their oils extra virgin, but had diluted them with large quantities of lower quality oils. The Italian government is investigating the allegations.