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

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Specifically, the Instituto de la Grasa adds two research groups, one led by the researcher Wenceslao Moreda; and another by Diego Luis Garcia, adding a total of six researchers. Each group will receive about 300,000 euros in a project budget “so specific and so important” as the authenticity of olive oil.

The agency has also detailed that the Oleum project will conduct research activities based on improved methods in order to detect new markers on the oil deodorizing process methods; discover illegal mixtures between olive oil and other vegetable oils; quality control; improve the organoleptic evaluation with the quantitative panel test, based on current official methods and with the support of reference materials tailored for better calibration of sensory panels, along with tools for rapid screening to facilitate the work of the panelists.

In addition, knowledge transfer activities are expected, as well as material to assist in the implementation of easy access to a data bank Oleum, which includes all research information and other reliable international technology sources; as well as the implementation of Oleum RED for stakeholders.

Finally, the project plans a strategy of “robust” dissemination designed to effectively share the results with all stakeholders in the supply chain of olive oil, to improve consumer confidence and market and preserve the image olive oil on a global scale.

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