• Italian police said they have busted a crime ring exporting fake EVOO to the United States

    talian police said they have busted a crime ring exporting fake extra virgin olive oil to the United States, highlighting the mafia’s infiltration of Italy’s famed agriculture and food business.

    Twelve people with links to the ‘Ndrangheta, the organized crime group based in the southern Calabria region, were arrested on Tuesday on a series of charges including mafia association and fraud, police said in a statement.

    The gang shipped cheap olive pomace oil to the U.S. where it was re-labeled as the more expensive “extra virgin” variety, prized for its rich taste and health benefits, and distributed as such to retail stores in New Jersey, they said.

    Italian crime syndicates earned an estimated 16 billion euros ($16.85 billion) in 2015 through illegal activities in the agriculture sector, up from 15 billions in 2014, according to Italy’s agricultural association, Coldiretti.

    Besides counterfeiting products, gangs make money seizing control of farmland and firms, fixing prices, controlling distribution and through labor exploitation, studies say.

    In 2015, crime groups forced more than 100,000 Italians and migrants to work long hours for little pay in fields across the country, according to a report by Italian General Confederation of Labor union (CGIL).

    Police said they found no evidence of labor exploitation linked to the fake olive oil scheme, which saw at least ten tonnes of low quality oil, in some cases past sell-by date, sent to the United States.

    Pomace oil is extracted from olive pulp left-over from the production of higher quality oils using chemical solvents.

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  • Gastronomia Toscana with a new restaurant in the heart of Manhattan

    A restaurant in the heart of Manhattan, where the Tuscan tradition can be tasted and breathed, surrounded by a modern and comfortable environment. The new generation at the head of Gastronomia Toscana in the last year, after a thorough market analysis, developed a strong brand strategy and started an action of rebranding, which involved logo, packs, and corporate website.

    Gastronomia Toscana, which has been on the market of fresh products for 30 years, emphasizes its role as a corporate brand, after a long analysis of the market, with the signature on all product brands and a major restyling, from the logo to packaging, to meet the needs expressed by consumers who are increasingly attentive and sensitive.

    Gastronomia Toscana was born in 1985 in Prato thanks to the intuition the three brothers Franco, Marcello and Giovanni Tempestini had at that time. It is present on the market with its historic line of appetizers, sauces and ready first courses with Gastronomia Toscana brand; with the line of first courses and gourmet sauces with ‘Piccoli Lussi Quotidiani (Small Daily Luxuries)’ brand, realised in collaboration with chef Gianfranco Visscher; with the line of ready meals for coffee bars with ‘Siamo pronti (We are ready)’ brand. In the last few years ‘Mi garba (I like it)’ brand was added. The last one is the great challenge on the US market.

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  • Bad harvests in Europe and fake olive oil raise the question, are you getting the real deal?

    Olive oil is a staple ingredient in many Mediterranean dishes, yet the source for the highest quality olive oil these days may be thousands of miles from Europe and the Middle East.

    The countries best known for olive oil — Italy, Spain and Greece — have had bad harvests this year from unruly weather, Bloomberg recently reported, and the prices for olive oil have jumped in response. Meanwhile, California has been steadily increasing its olive oil manufacturing, and implemented strict standards for the oil. “More and more people are aware of the high standards we have and embracing locally produced products,” said Patricia Darragh, executive director of the California Olive Oil Council based in Berkeley, a trade association with a seal certification for local farmers.

    More domestic players are joining the U.S. olive oil production business, which has seen a 9.2% increase in revenue over the past five years, and demand and revenue are expected to continue to rise through 2021, though at a slower pace, according to research firm IBISWorld. California alone makes up more than 99% of U.S. olive oil production, according to the California Olive Oil Council.

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  • The Best Time of Year to Buy Olive Oil

    Good olive oil is usually pretty expensive (but not always). If you want to get the freshest bang for your buck, now is a good time to buy a new bottle.

    If you’ve been using the same bottle of olive oil for a long time, chances are, you’re not getting the freshest flavor. Early winter is a good time to replace your old bottles, says Epicurious. That’s because olives are usually harvested in fall and bottled a few weeks later. They explain:

    Your oil won’t just taste fresh-it’ll taste amazing. The sooner you buy olive oil after it’s been pressed, the fresher that oil will taste-not just delicious, but filled with all the distinctive flavors of those just-picked olives.

    More specifically, food site Zester Daily says that “olive oil season” is between October and December, but late winter is still a good time to buy. If you’re buying an expensive bottle, we’ve told you how to make sure you’re getting the real deal. Beyond that, Epicurious also offers their own specific recommendations below.

    Are you running around in last season’s olive oil? It could mean that your food doesn’t taste as good as it should. While we might not think of pantry staples like olive oil as seasonal, that’s exactly what it is: Olives are usually harvested in early- to mid-fall, and bottled a few weeks after that. Which means that if you’re a fan of spanking-fresh olive oil, early winter is exactly the right time to invest in a new bottle.

    Check out more about why right now is the perfect time to change your oil, plus four spanking-new bottles (aka “olio nuovo”) to score this season for your own kitchen. You might just want to pick up a few to share as holiday gifts for your favorite olive-oil-slinging home cooks, too.

    Your oil won’t just taste fresh—it’ll taste amazing. The sooner you buy olive oil after it’s been pressed, the fresher that oil will taste—not just delicious, but filled with all the distinctive flavors of those just-picked olives.

    If you love peppery olive oil, you’ll be happy. Many new-crop olive oils also have a grassy, peppery note that fades after a few months in the bottle, so if you’re a fan of that zingy taste, you’ll want to score some of that stuff.

    Your bottle will live longer. Buying the freshest olive oil is like rooting through the stack of eggs in the supermarket to find the one with the latest expiration date. You’ll be maximizing the shelf life of your bottle, since the sooner you buy it after pressing, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy it.

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  • 7 NY Retailers Sued for Saying Their Olive Oil Is Best

    Seven New York businesses are being sued for claims made about olive oil. You’d better watch what you say about olive oil — it could send you on a slippery slope to the courtroom.

    Seven New York olive oil retailers are being sued by trade group the North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) after allegedly making claims the olive oil they sell is better than some other olive oils.

    Park Slope’s O Live Brooklyn is being sued, along with five Long Island outlets of The Crushed Olive and New York retailer D’Avolio, which has four outlets across the state, court documents show.

    They join celebrity physician Dr. Oz, who is also being taken to court by the NAOOA for “false olive oil attacks” after he suggested on air that the majority of extra virgin olive oil bought in supermarkets “may even be fake.”

    The lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District Court of New York on Dec. 19, is seeking damages and an injunction, claiming the New York retailers got together with California distributor Veronica Foods, which is also being sued, to pump out “false and misleading statements about the quality and health benefits of the olive oil sold in supermarkets and elsewhere.”

    The NAOOA represents a number of marketers, packagers and importers of olive oil, many of whom have products stocked in supermarkets.

    At the center of the case: the question of whether some olive oils are better for you than others.

    The court documents specifically take offense with an interview done with the co-owner of O Live Brooklyn, where he is quoted saying, “Avoid major brands. Those bottles have been sitting around on shelves for God knows how long.”

    The complaint says the Brooklyn business owner’s words suggest “that those olive oils have lost their quality and health benefits.”

    The NAOOA has demanded the case go to trial to be heard by a jury.

    Veronica Foods said in a statement to NBC 4 New York that it “stands by the truth and accuracy of all of the statements we have made with regard to olive oil and our related products.”

    It added, “We believe the NAOOA has filed this lawsuit against Veronica Foods in an attempt to interfere with our efforts to improve the quality of olive oil and accuracy of olive oil labeling.”

    “We look forward to proving the falsehood of inaccurate and self-serving allegations made by the NAOOA in court,” Veronica Foods said.

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  • Using DNA to determine olive oil authenticity and quality

    Scientists from the University of Córdoba have teamed up with their counterparts from the Council of Scientific Investigation (combined with researchers from the Institute of Sustainable Agriculture) in order to tackle the challenge that poses olive oil DNA authentication and quantification.

    The team of researchers managed to come up with an absolute way of quantifying DNA in virgin olive oil by using advanced forensic techniques that are usually reserved for crime scenes analysis.

    Gabriel Dorado Pérez, a molecular biology and biochemistry professor and the researcher responsible of the investigation group AGR-248 (Agri-food Biotechnology), as well as the Andalusian Plan of Investigation, Development and Innovation, gave his insight on the process: “Surely, considering the fact that virgin olive oil is the juice of a fruit, it contains water drops in microscopic quantity in which DNA dissolves,” he explained.

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  • Seminar to teach children about extra virgin olive oil

    The crowd facing olive oil sommelier Nicola Di Noia was well-behaved but not always attentive.

    Some began to tune out when he started talking about the importance of buying extra virgin olive oil at a specialty shop and not to skimp by buying any old €3 bottle at the supermarket.

    Others were already busy with the colouring books and pencils laid out on the long tables in the conference room of the luxurious Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria. But Di Noia was unfazed.

    Adulterated and even fake olive oil is widespread, according to studies. Just how big is the problem, and how can you avoid being caught out?

    “Extra virgin olive oil is a fruit juice. It should be a little bitter. Don’t be afraid if it’s bitter,” he said.

    An hour in, some restlessness was understandable. They were just children. Forty of them, aged four to nine, who had been brought by their parents – about a third of whom were also trained sommeliers, some of olive oil and some of wine – to a seminar to teach children about extra virgin olive oil.

    The event was not a typical rite of passage for Italian youth. But it did point to the importance many Italians place on maintaining the country’s cultural and culinary heritage, a subject Di Noia said is often studied and appreciated more by tourists from Germany, Japan, and France than Italians.

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  • OIL TRACKER: The iOlive app catalogues data on 150 Tuscan extra virgin olive oils

    Italian olive oil brands Buonamici, La Ranocchiaia, SPO and Il Cavallino are integrating NFC tags into their product lines to enable authentication and enhance consumer engagement, by delivering product information and other relevant content to customers’ smartphones.

    The platform will be enabled through iOlive’s mobile app, which catalogues data on more than 150 of Tuscany’s extra virgin olive oils, using NFC SpeedTap tags from Thinfilm.

    These thin, flexible devices integrate with product packaging and can be read with the tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone. Each tag is uniquely identifiable and is virtually impossible to clone, Thinfilm says.
    Deceit protection

    “Italy’s olive oil industry has had many fraud scandals,” Thinfilm says. “The damage caused by the deceit has been tremendous, not only to the industry and brands but to consumer trust.”

    “We are very excited to deliver our NFC tags to Tuscany and help brands in this prestigious region protect customers, educate consumers, and grow their businesses,” adds Davor Sutija, Thinfilm CEO. “The iOlive app is an impressive tool and one that is very much needed anywhere olive oil is produced and enjoyed.”

    Simple data

    “The olive oil industry is very similar to the wine industry in that each has a rich heritage that is centuries old,” says iOlive founder Pietro Barachini. “But, the wine industry has done a much better job of educating customers on how to evaluate, buy and enjoy wine.

    “Professional tasters use our platform to digitally capture their evaluations — including sensory analysis — and consumers are able to view that information through the iOlive app. The SpeedTap tags make accessing the data simple, instantaneous and seamless.”

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  • Greek chef wins world first prize for olive oil recipes

    A Greek chef has been awarded the first prize for 2017 by the world renowned Italian guide for olive oil “FLOS OLEI”.

    The Greek restaurant of “Kapsaliana Village Hotel”, where winner Vasilis Leonidou is head chef, also won the award for best restaurant by “FLOS OLEI”.

    The guide, which presents the top producers from over 40 countries worldwide, recognised Leonidou’s contribution to the promotion of the “culture” of extra virgin olive oil. Owner of “Kapsaliana Village Hotel” Myron Toupogiannis stated the award was a special accolade for the hotel and the chef as it recognises their efforts in promoting the olive “culture” throughout the world.

    Leonidou said he used different olive oil for each recipe he created. “We use 45 types of olive oils of the highest quality”, Leonidou said.

    The award ceremony is scheduled to take place in Rome in December.

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  • Italian olive grove stands in way of European energy security

    MELENDUGNO, Italy In the name of European energy security, a private guard wearing a navy blue uniform, aviator sunglasses and a baseball cap walks around a grove of olive trees in southern Italy.

    The 231 trees, surrounded by dry-stone walls on a dusty plain near the Adriatic coast, stand in the way of a $45 billion pipeline designed to bring gas from central Asia and help wean the European Union off its dependence on Russian energy.

    Local authorities want the pipeline re-routed away from the prized grove, which includes trees thought to be more than 400 years old, but developers have Rome’s approval to proceed, on condition they are transplanted while pipes are laid and buried.

    Wary of protests, the pipeline consortium, which includes Britain’s BP (BP.L), Azeri state energy company SOCAR and Italian gas company Snam (SRG.MI), has hired 24-hour security.

    In reality, work on the Italian side of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) cannot proceed without local consent, threatening to delay a project that is meant within four years to carry the equivalent of 10 percent of Europe’s Russian energy imports.

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  • Olive oil fraud awareness

    On the streets of Midtown Manhattan, almost everyone we spoke to said they’re actually aware that much of the food they put in their bodies, may not be what it’s advertised to be.

    Registered dietician Lindsay Rosen was pleasantly surprised to hear that so many New Yorkers know about the fraudulent foods that are prevalent worldwide. She recommends that you do your homework, ask questions in your market, and become educated about the food you buy and eat.

    And what are the foods that are most fraudulent? According to a new book on food fraud by Larry Olmsted called “Real Food, Fake Food,” fish, coffee, beef, and olive oil are just some of many foods that are often mislabeled or replaced by a cheaper or completely different substance before being sold or bottled.

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  • IOC Executive Secretariat is seeking a young university graduate

    The IOC Executive Secretariat is seeking a young university graduate for a three-month, paid traineeship beginning on 1 October 2016 in the field of event planning and events communication. This will be an opportunity to work in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-ethnic environment and to put into practice what you have learned during your studies and to participate in the organisation of an International Olive Day.

    As an intergovernmental commodity organisation and international forum for the olive oil and table olive producing nations, the International Olive Council (IOC) carries out numerous activities to promote olive products.

    The profile and tasks of the potential trainee are described below:

    Profile and prerequisites

    CANDIDATES MUST:

    Be a citizen of one of the 16 Members of the IOC (Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Egypt, European Union, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Montenegro, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay)
    Have a university Bachelor degree in meeting and event planning, institutional communication or marketing
    Have a perfect command of English
    Have a knowledge of at least one of the other four IOC languages (Arabic, French, Italian and Spanish)
    Have an excellent command of multimedia computer tools, a good understanding of content management and social networks and a solid web culture
    Display organisational, summary and writing skills and a flair for PR
    Be in good health

    IT WILL BE CONSIDERED AN ASSET:

    To have some initial work experience (with a event planning, PR or marketing agency)
    Knowledge of Spanish

    Tasks
    The chief tasks of the trainee, who will report to the Head of the Promotion Unit, will be:
    To assist the Executive Secretariat with the organisation and holding of World Olive Day
    To show initiative and be proactive

    Duration of traineeship
    Three months (non-renewable). The scheduled starting date is 1 October 2016.

    Deadline for applications
    5 September 2016 at 14.30 hours (Madrid time) (deadline for the receipt of dossiers by post or e-mail).
    A formal cover letter must be submitted together with the completed application form and supporting documents.
    Reference document
    Rules governing the official traineeship scheme of the International Olive Council (available on the IOC website)

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  • Mycobacteria Treatment for Bladder Cancer More Effective With Emulsification in Olive Oil

    Emulsifying Mycobacterium brumae in olive oil appeared promising for producing a robust immune response in preclinical tests. Recent research has indicated that M brumae is a safer alternative to M bovis bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), an effective treatment routinely used for high-risk non-muscle–invasive bladder cancer and carcinoma in situ.1

    Currently, approximately 5% of patients treated with BCG develop serious side effects, including BCG infection. In contrast, no cases of infection with M brumae were described in humans or animals.

    The challenge with M brumae is that mycobacteria cells, which have a high lipid content in their cell walls, tend to clump when placed in the water-based solutions used for intravesical instillation in patients with bladder cancer. This clumping may interfere with the interaction of the mycobacteria-host cells and negatively influence their antitumor effects.

    Dispersing the M brumae in olive oil led to favorable conditions for reaching the bladder epithelium in vivo. Specifically, the emulsion of M brumae in olive oil was less hydrophobic, had a lower pH, more neutralized zeta potential, and an increased affinity for fibronectin than nonemulsified M brumae. Mice treated with the olive oil-suspended M brumae had a significantly higher systemic immune response.

    “These results highlight the potential of the olive oil-based emulsion as a promising delivery vehicle for the mycobacterial treatment of bladder cancer,” said Esther Julián, a professor in the Department of Genetics and Microbiology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, and senior author of the study.

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    1. Noguera-Ortega E, Blanco-Cabra N, Rabanal RM, et al. Mycobacteria emulsified in olive oil-in-water trigger a robust immune response in bladder cancer treatment. Scientific Reports. 2016 Jun 6. doi:10.1038/srep27232. [Epub ahead of print]

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  • Something for Everyone at The Olive Oil Conference Chicago

    There is something important for everyone involved in the olive oil industry at The Olive Oil Conference to be held in Rosemont near Chicago starting on 18th July.

    For tasters, buyers, traders, retailers and consumers there are sessions on practical tasting to increase sales, get to know oils from different regions and get the best value for your money. Presented by Simon Field, founder of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes, Hayley Stevens, North American Tasting Championship 2015 and Eryn Balch, Executive Vice President of the North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) these presentations will enhance your confidence.

    Everyone will be able to test their tasting skill in the North American Taster’s Challenge and possibly be recognised as the Champion, a member of The Register of Savantes or an Associate Savante.

    For producers and all involved in the supply chain the session on Megatrends by leading Spanish producer Rafael Muela of Mueloliva will help plan for the future.

    Publicists, salespeople, promoters and everyone else will learn from Patty Lamberti when she talks about using New and Digital Media to get your message into thepublic domain.

    Foodies, food bloggers, chefs and all those in food service will love the demonstrations from the eclectic New York chef and restauranteur Suvir Saran and the innovative English chef from Winchester, Olly Rouse.

    The incredible range of current and future uses for olive oil will be explored by Rick Cummisford of Columbus Vegetable oils, a must for all those in manufacturing and foodservice.

    And everyone will plan to increase the per capita consumption of olive oil through the concept of The Olive Oil City. A cohesive, targeted and measured activity where all those involved in the olive oil industry will profit from greater consumption.

    For the Conference Program and registration go to www.oliveoilconference.com

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  • French soap makers in a lather over traditional Marseille recipe with olive oil

    It is as French as baguette, and as emblematic of the country’s southern Provence region as lavender fields and cicadas. But a dispute over the “official” recipe for the region’s famed traditional soap, “savon de Marseille“, has producers in a froth.

    With cheap Chinese and Turkish soaps flooding the market, manufacturers want Marseille soap to be granted a “geographical indication” (GI) so consumers can tell the difference between the real thing and cheap imports.

    But a dispute over how “true Marseille soap” should be made has the producers themselves at each others’ throats.

    In one camp are a dozen soapmakers from across the southeast of France led by the cosmetics giant Occitane who have formed the Association of Makers of Savon de Marseille (AFSM).

    It was they who filed the bid in October to have the soap recognised as a GI, a designation which already protects many French wines and cheeses.

    In the other corner are four die-hard traditionalists, master soapmakers from the Marseille area itself who want to bring the product back to its artisanal roots.

    Their supporters in the Mediterranean city started a petition on change.org that has gotten more than 123,000 signatures to back their demand for a return to something closer to the original recipe, first officialised under the “Sun King” Louis XIV in 1688.

    But relations between the two camps are so bad now that the French state is having to arbitrate the vexed question of the soap’s “official” make-up.

    “Talks have broken down, our only communication now is through third parties,” said Serge Bruna of the more industrial AFSM.

    While they are pushing for the norms for a “traditional savon de Marseille” to be based on vegetable oil and soda ash, they also want certain additives and perfumes to be allowed.

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  • Study: Olive-sourced hydroxytyrosol effective in biscuits

    bioavailable, extensively metabolised and rapidly eliminated, contributing to a decrease of plasma oxidised-LDL. Therefore, biscuits can be considered an efficient vehicle to deliver HT,” the Spanish researchers wrote in the journal Food Chemistry.

    Olive oil phenol HT has been proven in numerous studies to positively influence cardiovascular health by protecting LDL particles from oxidative damage.

    In 2011 this evidence was given the stamp of approval by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) when olive oil polyphenols was awarded a rare health claim. This captured the interest of the food and ingredients industry and since then the market for HT has been hot.

    Narrow scope

    However, the scope of the EFSA claim is limited to the application of HT and its derivatives in the olive oil matrix and relates to ‘chronic consumption’.

    “Any claim with hydroxytyrosol in a different food matrix requires a study to assess the capacity of hydroxytyrosol to protect LDL against oxidation,” lead researcher Raquel Mateos told NutraIngredients.

    She explained: “Bioavailability of food components may vary positively or negatively depending on the food it is contained in. Previous studies have reported that the bioavailability of phenols in olive oil declines in food matrices other than olive oil. There are few studies on the bioavailability of hydroxytyrosol in foods other than oil and none in cereal based matrices, to our knowledge.”

    This research gap coupled with the restriction on how the EFSA claim could be applied prompted Spanish biscuit and pastries manufacturer Adam Foods SL to approach the Institute of Food Science, Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN-CSIC) to evaluate the bioavailability of HT in biscuits.

    From the researchers’ point of view, the driver for the study was to help encourage uptake of the phenol by facilitating its inclusion in an increased range of products.

    “Biscuits are widely consumed by all population groups, hence being an interesting food option for enrichment with bioactive ingredients to deliver healthy compounds to consumers. Therefore this study was aimed at assessing the absorption and metabolism of HT, contained in biscuits, in volunteers,” the researchers said.

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    bioavailable, extensively metabolised and rapidly eliminated, contributing to a decrease of plasma oxidised-LDL. Therefore, biscuits can be considered an efficient vehicle to deliver HT,” the Spanish researchers wrote in the journal Food Chemistry. Olive oil phenol HT has been... 
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  • EU grant of 606,000€ for the Oleum project to combat fraud in olive oil

    The Instituto de la Grasa, belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has managed by a consortium -in which 20 institutions from 15 countries are present- a grant of 606,000 euros from the European Union (EU) for the Oleum project, which will generate innovative, more effective and harmonized analytical solutions to detect and combat the most common and emerging fraud in olive oil also being able to verify its quality.

    In a statement, the agency has stated that the amount has been granted through the Horizon 2020 call, in relation to the food crisis, fraud in the food chain and food control under fraudulent activities. Twenty consortiums presented to this call which finally chose Oleum project, whose total budget is 5 million euros.

    In this consortium participate numerous chemical experts that make up the expert groups of the regulatory olive oil institutions, such as the European Union (EU) and the International Olive Council (IOC). Also, a total of eight of these experts participate in the consortium.

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    The Instituto de la Grasa, belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has managed by a consortium -in which 20 institutions from 15 countries are present- a grant of 606,000 euros from the European Union (EU) for the Oleum project, which will generate innovative,... 
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