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The legislation formed the commission, pending grower approval, and was sponsored by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis.

Apart from enforcing grades and standards, the commission will fund research for the olive oil industry.

Houlding said she hopes the program will strengthen California olive oil producers like similar commissions have done for almonds and walnuts.

“They’ve really helped advance the particular industries,” she said.

Domestic olive oil producers tried to include a federal grading system for the product in the 2014 Farm Bill, but the provision drew opposition from importers and was omitted from the final version.

The U.S. International Trade Commission has found that mislabeled exports have hindered the competitiveness of U.S. olive oil.

Consumers are confused about olive oil grades and often buy the cheapest product, which is sometimes adulterated with other vegetable oils, according to an agency report.

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