Greek olive oil to remain olive oil, government insists

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Government rejects OECD recommendation that the sale of blended olive oil with cheaper vegetable oils should be allowed, as part of an effort to modernise the country’s economy

Workers pack bottles of olive oil at the Gaea extra virgin olive oil factory near the town of Agrinio (Photo: Reuters) The government has no plans to lift laws banning the mixing of olive oil with other cheaper types of oil, MPs were told on Thursday, in a clear rejection of a much-touted proposal in a recent OECD competitiveness report.

“I would like to make clear in the most explicit and absolute way that the government does not intend to legislate, under any circumstances, the mixing of olive oil with other types of oil. We are clear on this and this message should get all parties so that this discussion is over,” Deputy Development Minister Thanasis Skordas said, in reply to a parliamentary question.

Skordas said that under law 4177/2013, the illegal mixing and trade of oils of different quality for sale is banned.

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