A new contest that will award the best EVOO with the highest Oleocanthal content

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On May 30-31 on the island of Zakynthos in Greece a group of international olive oil experts from the world of science, academia, gastronomy and media gathered for a conference to establish the non-profit Oleocanthal International Society (OIS).

OIS is the brainchild of retired physician Jose Antonio Amerigo from Spain who has dedicated his time to promoting preventative medicine through nutrition as the best way to “cure” disease.

To participate in this competition (driven by the Greek scientist and professor Prokopios Magiatis, vice president of OIS), producers should send their EVOOs produced between October 2015 and March 2016. In particular, those interested should send a sample of 100 ml. in a glass or plastic container protected from light with a label showing the name of the producer or company and the date of the sample collection.

Each participant will be provided with the official certification of the analysis with the result obtained for each sample submitted. This certificate will show the concentrations of Oleocanthal, Oleaceina, Ligtrosido Aglicone and Oleuropeine Aglycone.

The oil that shows the highest concentration of Oleocanthal be used for research and will win a prize of 1,000 euros, to be delivered at the ceremony “Health, Olivo and Gastronomy” that will take place next May in Greece.

Also, the OIS will ensure a purchase of 1,000 kg. of the EVOO containing more Oleocanthal. This olive oil will be used for research purposes.

The participation fee is 100 euros by sample sent and the deadline is next March 30th.

Samples must be sent to this address:
Laboratory of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Athens
Panepistimiopolis Zografou 15771
Greece

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