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CAFIA checks showed that third of olive oils mislead consumers

11/14/2019
 

Results of the inspection activity performed by the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) focused on the quality of olive oils sold in the CR showed that each third assessed sample misled consumers. The assessed olive oils failed to comply with labelling “extra virgin” as oils of lower category were offered in reality.

Inspectors took the total of 28 samples of olive oils originated in various countries which were delivered to the Czech market. The aim of the CAFIA inspection activity was to verify whether extra virgin and virgin oils comply with physical, chemical and sensory parameters stipulated by Commission Regulation (EHS) 2568/91.

The analyses performed in accredited Laboratory of Olive Oil Tasting in Slovenia and also in CAFIA accredited laboratory confirmed that despite the labelling 9 “extra virgin” oils were not extra virgin oils but there were oils of lower category. Czech consumers were thus misled by untrue information on the labelling.

In 4 cases  oils from Greece were concerned, in 2 cases the oils originated in Spain, in 1 case in Italy, and 2 non-compliant samples came from the European Union. The total summary of all non-compliant samples is available in the attached table. Results of the inspections carried out in the course of several years show that imported olives oils often fail to comply with the given category and insinuate that importers underestimate the ability of Czech supervisory bodies to assess the quality of olive oils. Although the CR is not producing country of this type of foodstuffs, the level of inspection of olive oils on the domestic market is performed in compliance with standards stipulated by European legislation, namely in accredited laboratories both in the CR and abroad.

CAFIA will continue with these inspections of quality and safety of olive oils in the same intensity in the next year as well. CAFIA also provides supervisory authorities in the relevant countries with information of the detected non-compliant samples.

CAFIA ordered the sellers to withdraw the non-compliant lots from the market and will initiate an administrative procedure on imposition of a fine.

Summary of non-compliant samples:

 

Inspected person/Place of sampling

Identification of the sample

Country of origin

Non-compliant parameter

Hamé s.r.o., Kostelanská 2124, Staré Město 68603

Vasco da Gama EXTRA PANENSKÝ OLIVOVÝ OLEJ JEDNODRUHOVÝ

(EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL – SINGLE-COMPONENT)

500ml; BBD 31/5/2020, L10002171, EL40-601; Supplier: ELTRO S.A., Marathon 21, Industrial Area N. Eykarpia, Thessaloniki, GREECE; Importer: Hamé, s.r.o., Na Drahách 814, 68604 Kunovice

High quality of olive oil gained directly from olives by mechanical procedures only.

Greece

Failed to comply with labelling EXTRA VIRGIN

BMC Brno, s.r.o., Řípská 960/9a, Brno 62700

la masía EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL/EXTRA PANENSKÝ OLIVOVÝ OLEJ

1litre, BBD: 05/2020, lot: L-18308F42;

OLEO MASIA, S.A. Ctra. Isla Menor, Km. 1,8, 41703-Dos Hermanas(SEVILLA) ESPAŇA;

Olive oil of high quality gained directly from olives by mechanical procedures only.

Spain

Failed to comply with labelling EXTRA VIRGIN

Lidl Česká republika v.o.s., Těšínská 19, Plzeň

Primadonna Extra panenský olivový olej Delicato

(Extra Virgin olive oil)

750 ml, best before date by 22/10/2019, lot L-50064H325A.

Produced and bottled in: SovenaEspanaS.A.UCtra. Rinconada-Brenes, Km 11,7 41310 Brenes (Seville), Spain;

High quality of olive oil gained directly from olives by mechanical procedures only.

EU

Failed to comply with labelling EXTRA VIRGIN

DMHERMES trade s.r.o., Krnov

HERMES Premium extra panenský olivový olej

(Extra Virgin olive oil)

1000 ml, BBD by 15/05/2020, lot L0T DH3020118B

Greece

Failed to comply with labelling EXTRA VIRGIN

DMHERMES trade s.r.o., Krnov

HERMES Premium extra panenský olivový olej

(Extra Virgin olive oil)

500 ml, BBD by 30/11/2019, lot L0T DH2595018C

Greece

Failed to comply with labelling EXTRA VIRGIN

Globus ČR, k.s., Pražská 248/39, Olomouc 77900

Franz Josef Exclusive CRETE extra panenský olivový olej

(Extra Virgin olive oil)

500 ml, BBD by 22-03-2020, lot L8265 (packaged in tin);

High quality of olive oil gained directly from olives by mechanical procedures only.

Supplier: Centrální sklad Globus, Jirny;

Greece

Failed to comply with labelling EXTRA VIRGIN

(lampante)

FLOSMAN a.s., Dubina 550, Mladá Vožice 39143

la masía Extra panenský olivový olej

(Extra Virgin olive oil)

500ml, L-18106F42, BBD 10/2019.

Exported by: Oleo Masía, S.A. Ctra. Isla Menor, Km. 1,8 411703 Dos Hermanas, Espaňa;

Supplier: BMC Brno s.r.o.

Spain

Failed to comply with labelling EXTRA VIRGIN

Max Food SE, Za Tratí 235, 252 19 Chrášťany

El Nostra, extra panenský olivový olej

(Extra Virgin olive oil)

0,75 l, BBD 07.01.21;

Producer: OLEIFICIO DI MONIGA DEL GARDA s.r.l. (BS) Italy;

Importer/Distributor: Max Food SE, Za Tratí 235, 252 19 Chrášťany, CR.

High quality of olive oil gained directly from olives by mechanical procedures only. Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva, Estratto A Freddo, 100 % Italiano.

Italy

Failed to comply with labelling EXTRA VIRGIN

BOLTON CZECHIA, spol s r.o., Říčany – Jažlovice

Extra panenského olivového oleje Monini Delicato

(Extra Virgin olive oil)

500 ml, BBD 28.01. 2021, lot L 28AH;

Country of origin: Mix of olive oils originated in the EU countries. Packaged in Italy.

Producer: Monini S.p.A., S.S. Flaminia, Km.129, Spoleto, Italy;

High quality of olive oil gained directly from olives by mechanical procedures only.

EU

Failed to comply with labelling EXTRA VIRGIN

 

Article by: Mgr. Pavel Kopřiva – CAFIA Spokesperson, phone: +420 542 426 633   

14nd November 2019