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Posts tagged: Olive Oil

Advances Help Assure Olive Oil Authenticity

This post is part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the USDA blog. Check back each week as we showcase stories and news from USDA’s rich science and research portfolio.

When you plunk down $17.99 for a bottle of your favorite premium olive oil, you’d like some assurance that what you just bought actually is top-quality olive oil.  Sadly, there’s a possibility that your high-priced olive oil might be watered down with other, less expensive vegetable oils, such as those from safflower or canola.

Fortunately, the scientists of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are helping ensure that what you get is what you paid for. Read more »

Quality Monitoring Program Expands to Olive Oil

The Quality Monitoring Program will verify the quality and purity of extra virgin and organic extra virgin olive oil.  The program will help consumers know that the products they are buying will meet their expectations.  Photo courtesy of Pompeian, Inc.

The Quality Monitoring Program will verify the quality and purity of extra virgin and organic extra virgin olive oil. The program will help consumers know that the products they are buying will meet their expectations. Photo courtesy of Pompeian, Inc.

There have been a lot of questions over the last few years about the quality and purity of olive oil.  USDA has expanded our Quality Monitoring Program to include extra virgin and organic extra virgin olive oil.  This program already evaluates a variety of commodities including canned, frozen and certain fresh fruits and vegetables. Read more »