New European Union olive oil regulations oversee in UK

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The Rural Payments Agency’s (RPA) Horticultural Marketing Inspectorate has been chosen In the UK to oversee the New European Union olive oil regulations.

The RPA is confident about enforcing the new regulations, on the back of its claimed success with the Single Payment Scheme (SPS) performance. Here, the RPA paid £1.61billion ($2.62billion) in subsidies to more than 100,650 English farmers.

New European Union olive oil regulations have been introduced in a bid to protect and reassure consumers. The move aims to help ensure all products bought by those residing in an EU state are both authentic and labelled correctly.

The regulations involve frequent checks at bottlers and in the retail sector. Samples will be taken for chemical laboratory testing, while specialists will be brought in to analyze oils for taste.

Product labels will be examined to ensure they meet EU standards, which apply across all member states. Olive oil bottling establishments will face inspection, and samples of records, storage and production facilities can be checked by regulators on demand.

The new rules, set in the Commission Implementing Regulation and the Commission Regulation, came into force on January 1 this year. They are the latest indication from the EU of its concern for the quality of olive oil being sold across its 28 member states. Read more at OliveOilTimes

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