Olive oil: RPA moves to protect consumers and responsible traders

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The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has carried out a trial olive oil inspection at the largest bottler in the UK as part of its preparations for enforcing new regulations.

A team from the Agency’s Horticultural Marketing Inspectorate (HMI) carried out the trial at UK Edible Oils Limited ahead of its inspection regime going live.

The visit was one of the final parts of the Agency’s rigorous planning for this new area of work and allowed the team to test its inspection process in a working environment.

John Marsden, Regional Horticultural Marketing Inspector and RPA Olive Oil Sampling Manager, said: “The Agency has a great deal of experience of carrying out farm and fruit and vegetable inspections, but this is a new area of work for us.

To be able to hold a trial inspection in a state-of-
the-art plant like this was invaluable. It went really well and allowed inspectors to gain a better insight into the practicalities that will be associated with this work.

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