Police Uncover 7,000-Ton Olive Oil Fraud in Italy

A massive fraud was unmasked between Brindisi and Bari, Italy by the State Forestry Corps, and the District Anti-Mafia Directorate (DDA) of Bari, which discovered that 7,000 tons of olive oil sold as ‘100% Italian’ extra virgin olive oil were actually blended oils from non-EU countries such as Syria, Turkey, Morocco and Tunisia.

Six people were investigated for commercial fraud and counterfeiting geographical indications or designations of origin of agricultural food products. The checks covered a dozen companies in Apulia (in Fasano, Grumo Appula and Monopoli) and one certification laboratory.

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