What is the truth behind the 14 fake olive oil companies revealed — avoid these brands.
There has been and still is a lot of articles and posts online about the 14 fake olive oil companies which apparently sell adulterated olive oil. This all had started after the UC Davis report back in 2010 which tested a good number of olive oil brands and came to a conclusion that there are 14 that failed the test and 10 that passed (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmJGCbixm2k&t=7s)
Of course, the shocking news spread all over the web. There were a whole plethora of websites that posted information about the report and its results. What was interesting about it is not as much as the report itself which eventually got discredited by IOOC by several statements, but the fact that a majority of the bloggers shared the very same, copy-pasted, articled with the same image, same comments.
I am a big fan of olive oil. I and my family consume it on daily basis as part of our Mediterranean diet. Hence, it is hugely important to me to know what olive oil to buy or what to know. Frankly speaking, the first time I read the article I was almost 100% convinced that the report is valid and the news food bloggers share online is a trustworthy review of them based on the results of the UC Davis Report. Yet, after some time I noticed that actually cannot be right.
Firstly, because the report is an independent body and is not associate with any other Olive Oil Examination Bodies. It introduced some new ways of testing the quality of olive oil that had not been accepted by the rest of the world.
Secondly, I got quite suspicious about all those copy-pasted articles that looked all the same and had been posted pretty much everywhere as not as it is probably possible on the internet. There was only a little number of bloggers that approached the issue from an individual perspective and wrote what actually happened (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sFnxc9lMa0&t=2s).
Many of the so-called 14 fake olive oil companies addressed the issue publically and explained the situation in official public statements (https://www.colavita.com/about/a-letter-from-our-ceo/). However, the story is still wide spread and many bloggers continue posting the fake articles.
Frankly, to know what the idea behind all this was posting is hard to know as many people compare the profit of selling olive oils to those is cocaine. So, it is next to impossible to be certain on what brands sell real, organic olive oil and those who sell fake olive oil (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVUW9irwfdE&t=144s).
What can speak louder that the online articles on fake olive oils is internationally recognised awards from certified olive oil council and other official bodies and are not part of the business.