Spain calls for a moratorium for EC regulation on the level of Ethyl Esters of Olive Oil

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“So far there are no solid arguments which support that the reduction of ethyl esters ensure a higher quality in oil.” This was stated yesterday by the Andalusian Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Elena Víboras, in the Quality Olive Oil Bureau in Seville; a meeting during which the olive sector representatives gave their unanimous call for a moratorium on the application of the European regulation that aims at reducing the levels of these compounds.

Thus, both the Ministry and the sector agreed to urge the European Commission to implement a moratorium on reducing levels of ethyl esters in oil under the European Regulation until scientific studies corroborate if it is or not appropriate and a consensus is reached within the International Olive Council (IOC).

During the meeting, which was attended by representatives of agricultural organizations, cooperatives, manufacturers, the Central Administration, the Instituto de la Grasa and regulatory boards, Elena Víboras recalled that the IOC adviced changes in some physical-chemical parameters to improve the detection possible cases of fraud were.

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