- Once again, the issue of fraudulent or fake EVOO is making a stir, this time to this dismay of German consumers. Analysis conducted by the consumer protection organization in Germany, Stiftung Warentest (SW), found that of half of the 26 samples of “extra virgin” olive oil...
Once again, the issue of fraudulent or fake EVOO is making a stir, this time to this dismay of German consumers. Analysis conducted by the consumer protection organization in Germany, Stiftung Warentest (SW), found that of half of the 26 samples of “extra virgin” olive oil were found to be contaminated and misrepresented by their labelling.
With the majority of olive oil in Germany being imported from Italy and Spain, Germans consider this olive oil to be most healthy, yet of these imported oils, only one was found to be “good”, many of the other samples tested were found to be defective.
Olive oil at the moment has an image problem. That’s unfortunate because it’s actually a very healthy and tasty food. – Silke Schwartau, Hamburg consumer center
According to The EU rules for the extra virgin grade, the requirements state that the taste and aroma must be flawless and there needs to be a minimum level of fruitiness. The rules set maximum levels of chemical residues and precise language, category and origin information on labels. The test conducted by SW, showed that for consumers, there’s no relying on any of that.
Thirteen of the 26 samples scrutinized by the German consumer protection organization failed the extra virgin criteria. Five from Portugal and Greece were highly polluted with mineral oil hydrocarbons, possibly traceable to motor fumes, technical oils and pure paraffin (the EU allows paraffin as a plant protectant, including in organic farming). The testers also found plasticizers, pesticides (in 20 of the samples), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and styrene.VN:F [1.9.22_1171]VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
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- Approximately 48,000 (2015: 44,624) visitors from 132 countries made sure they didn’t pass up the opportunity to come to Nuremberg between 10 and 13 February for Biofach, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, and Vivaness, the International Trade Fair for Natural...
Approximately 48,000 (2015: 44,624) visitors from 132 countries made sure they didn’t pass up the opportunity to come to Nuremberg between 10 and 13 February for Biofach, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, and Vivaness, the International Trade Fair for Natural Personal Care. 2,544 exhibitors, 245 of whom appeared at Vivaness, presented products and services to buyers from the food and cosmetics industries. In addition to workshops, presentations and tasting sessions, the programme included the annual Olive Oil Awards, where the best oils were recognised.
The organic industry’s annual balance was also extremely pleasing: In 2015, German households spent around 11 % more on organic food and drink than in the year before, with sales amounting to over EUR 8bn according to the German Federation of the Organic Food Industry (BÖLW). More and more customers are investing in natural cosmetics as well. A general survey conducted by naturkosmetik konzepte, GfK, IRI, IMS Health and BioVista shows that over EUR 1bn were generated by the green beauty market in 2015, 10 % more than in 2014.
Petra Wolf, a member of NürnbergMesse’s management board, said: “Vivaness celebrated its 10th birthday in 2016 and was congratulated by an industry that highlighted over the four days of the exhibition how involved, innovative, value-conscious and modern the organic market is nowadays. Natural beauty products and products created simply for users to enjoy were showcased, while expert knowledge and groundbreaking concepts were presented during the congress. We share the joy the industry takes from its success and are delighted that there was great atmosphere in the exhibition halls.
Biofach and Vivaness Congress
The trade fair duo’s specialist congress programme, which was both varied and fact-based, once again attracted roughly 7,000 participants in 2016. The main visitor magnets were the Biofach Forum and the Politics Forum, which had above-average participant figures. The congress revolved around the Organic 3.0 events, with the most popular VIVANESS components proving to be “Natural cosmetics: facts – figures – markets” and “Between luxury and naturalness: what moves customers”.
Save the date: The next Biofach and Vivaness take place from 15 to 18 February 2017 in Nuremberg.
You can check all the EVOOs awarded in Biofach 2016.VN:F [1.9.22_1171]VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
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