EU grant of 606,000€ for the Oleum project to combat fraud in olive oil

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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, 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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