The Australian Olive Association has presented federal parliamentarians with a 29-page booklet, backing up its calls for a mandatory olive oil standard.
Australia has had a voluntary olive oil standard registered with Standards Australia for three years.
President of the Olive Association, Paul Miller, says that standard is now gaining international recognition and he’s hoping it will help growers win political support for it to become mandatory in Australia.
“I’ve presented it in Japan, I’ve spent a lot of time in the USA working with the US industry, that seems to be copying what we are doing.
“South Africa is about to adopt our standard, so it’s had a remarkable international impact.
“I think Australia can fairly say we’ve really raised the bar a little around the world with regard to olive oil.
“The most important impact of that is that it will mean more consumers will get the real thing delivered to them, as labelled,” he said.
Mr Miller believes making the standard mandatory would give the ACCC more power to combat falsely labelled olive oil.
On the futured photo: Australian Olive Association President Paul Miller at the annual conference in Hobart (Sally Dakis)Calls for mandatory Australian olive oil standard,