Tuesday, July 5

Food alert for the clandestine distribution of fake olive oil

The Food Safety and Nutrition Agency (AESAN) has issued an alert regarding the “preparation, packaging and clandestine distribution” of different “virgin olive” and “extra virgin” oils that, in reality, are not such. Far from being a production error, the AESAN highlights that it is a fraud.

“The beginning of the actions is part of an operation to fight fraud in the sale of olive oil in which the analysis of the official samples resulted in the oil analyzed it was not an olive oil”, summary from the organization.

According to the data they manage, these oils could be “seed vegetable” or a mixture of them. In addition, it has been detected “risk to the health of consumers due to the marketing of oil that is considered unsafe because it comes from clandestine operators and due to the lack of reliable traceability”.

Fraudulent oils are:

  • WAFA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (2 liter containers)
  • MAAKOUL OLIVE OIL (volume not indicated)
  • RIAD AL ANDALUS VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (1 liter containers)
  • MAYSAE (product sales name is not indicated, 1 liter containers)
  • VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (without commercial brand, 5 liter containers)
  • LA NORIA EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (5 liter containers)
  • ZANNOUTI EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL 31 31 (1 liter containers)
  • VIRGIN OLIVE OIL “VIRGEN DE LA SALUD” (containers of 0.5 L, 1 L, 2 L and 5 L)
  • RAHOUYI EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (2 liter containers)

From the AESAN they do not detail the batch number or packaging formats, since they consider that “all the batches and packaging formats of the mentioned marketed products would be involved” under this scam.

The fraud has been notified by the Autonomous Community of Murcia through the Coordinated System for the Rapid Exchange of Information (SCIRI), where the bulk of the distribution has taken place. Despite this, also These oils have been found in Catalonia, the Basque Country and the Valencian Communityin addition to the fact that the AESAN does not rule out “that there is distribution to other Autonomous Communities”.

The institution recommends that people who have these products “refrain from consuming them and return them to the points of sale.”

The images of the labels with which the oils were marketed are attached.

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