Olive oil: RPA moves to protect consumers and responsible traders

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“The visit confirmed that our procedures and approach are fit for purpose.

“Obviously the premises we will visit will vary widely from large state-of-the-art bottling plants like this one to smaller businesses and retail premises, and we will review and tailor our approach and current assessments as necessary.”

The RPA’s role in enforcing the EU wide regulations, which came into force at the start of the year, will help protect and reassure customers that the products they buy are authentic and labelled correctly. It will conduct regular checks on bottlers and across the retail sector, which will include taking samples for chemical and taste analysis in a laboratory. Product labels will also be examined.

Mr Marsden said: “The reaction from the industry has been positive. People are supportive of the new inspection rules and are enthusiastic about their industry and the product involved.
“Our enforcement work will help ensure that poor quality and incorrectly described oils and the actions of a minority do not compromise the reputation of the industry.”

A spokesperson for Edible Oils Limited said: “We were very proud to be able to show our comprehensive quality systems and facilities in support of the RPA during this trial. The RPA system is very comprehensive and we welcome these changes as they provide both greater protection for consumers and responsible producers and manufacturers.”

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