Greek olive oil to remain olive oil, government insists

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The OECD’s report ran to 328 pages and contained detailed recommendations to change regulations for commonly used products — from books to milk.

Olive producers fear if the recommendation is adopted, Greece could spoil its own signature product. Spain and Italy allow blending.

Greeks consume more olive oil per capita than anyone else on earth, a staggering 18 litres per head each year, using up two-thirds of domestic production that averages an annual 300,000 tonnes, or 10%of the global total.

Weak export branding, however, means most of Greece’s surplus – much of it top-grade extra virgin oil – is pumped into container trucks and sold cheaply in bulk to nearby Italy to be bottled and branded there.

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