Sara M. Beauchane Stack via Facebook says. I’m returning it. Well, now I’m inclined to call them and ask them if they sell any winterized oil. I think it comes out to roughly $7 per 12 ounces. Thanks!! 1. I get my olive oil from Equal Exchange now, who sources it from a co-op in Palestine. Am I missing something? Thanks for the connection to real oil as well. Mr. Mueller did not happen to test the TJ Spanish oil. Thank you for the helpful information, especially the reference to the CA Olive Oil Council! I’ve switched over to pastured butter and palm oil for cooking. HACCP is a systematic approach to identifying, evaluating and controlling food safety hazards. Kristen, Thanks again for all you do. 100% grown and extracted in Andalusia, Spain. As we all know the United States is not a country, the United States is a business. Next I bought a dark-colored bottle of Spectrum brand Organic Mediterranean Extra Virgin Olive Oil, from Spain or Tunisia (per the label). I really should. The corruption the industry happens when companies source their olive oil from international suppliers that collect and distribute oil from hundreds of farms. Unfortunately, according to Mueller’s book, COUNTRY OF ORIGIN doesn’t matter. Why gamble? Who’s ‘they’ – four italians and an american? I live about 3 miles from Queen Creek Olive Mill and LOVE LOVE LOVE their olive oils and vinegars. tell me Bragg olive oil extra virgin is fake or pure.I want it for treatment of my son but could not find pure olive oil in Karachi Pakistan. That is what I blog about. Regards. I am putting my faith in COSTCO’s Italian Olive Oil. Jacquie Kuck Wood — If you have javascript disabled or an ad blocker running, it will interfere with the links on that page from showing up. Consumers desire for unreasonably cheap goods is a huge part of the problem as well. I stuck my Trader Joe’s Italian cold pressed 100% virgin olive oil in the fridge, and after a day it barely had any tiny clumps at all. It did not solidify at all, so may well be adulterated; or it may be pure but ”winterized’. Ugh, I kinda figured that had to be the case when olive oil tasted nothing like the small bottles we used to get from our neighbors, no matter how much I spent on it. LOL. On Jan 31, 2013, at 5:13 AM, Amy Galland wrote: I just searched and searched to find a source for organic, cold pressed, virgin olive oil sold in dark bottles and grown and processed domestically and was so happy to find you. Superior oils and vinegar which they also sell online. Sources I wrote to Trader Joe’s about their olive oil and this was their reply which satisfies me: Thank you for contacting us, and we do truly appreciate your interest in our Trader Joe’s olive oil products. The antioxidants in extra virgin olive oil have been shown to help fight disease, as well as act as an anti-inflammatory in the body, protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidation. I just saw that one study and thought “hmmmm”. Second, extra-virgin olive oil ought to be flammable enough to keep an oil lamp burning. Rather, it’s their supplier’s.” This is pure, unadulterated poppycock: ALL major marketers have a representative on site at a supplier, to watch over quality control, use of agreed-upon ingredients, and use of manufacturing methods and processes. After all, some adulterated extra-virgin olive oils are cut with low-grade, refined olive oil. Hope that helps! Having read Mueller’s book, I find absolutely NOTHING in that statement to be reassuring. You say to go to your site for a listing of “safe” brands of Olive Oil, but the site won’t open to that list, why not? The resources page on this site does not work for me on Chrome, I have to open it with Safari. The big brands refused to deal with the local Mafiosi and make the choice to secure the raw material in la Costa Sol. California and many other states provide extra virgin olive oil. Any comments on this? Those would still clump up. The EssentiaList is proudly powered by WordPress Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS). I can assure the oil is the real deal. Incredible article dude! Was the 10% discount only for a limited time? I am so tired of being a paranoid shopper and every week I learn something new that I have to research and then find someone that I trust to make a good quality product! Olive Oil: 35 Wickedly Cool Uses For Your Home & Body, How to Defrost Meat Quickly Without A Microwave, How to Beat Sugar Cravings with Glutamine, Beautiful Babies: Nutrition for Fertility, Breastfeeding, & A Baby’s First Foods. It was quickly followed up by another investigation in which more than 40 additional people were arrested for for adding chlorophyll to sunflower and soybean oil and selling it as extra virgin olive oil, both in Italy and abroad. The website Fooducate.com has a good article on 7 things to look for when purchasing EVOO. So, if you want a more detailed look at these tests (as well as a hearty affirmation that you really, *really* need to KNOW YOUR FARMER), read: How to Tell if Your Olive Oil is Fake. What if it’s certified organic? I wonder if during the process of making the oil that the fungus is probably not active. It came in a dark bottle that was corked, like wine. I immediately bought the olive oil off your site. I’m so confused, my friend said to put it in the freezer. Or the one on the shelves called Californian olive ranch olive oil? I know it can travel long distance as well. Hi….please help . 2. Rita, you bring up a valid point. I’m with Naomi; olive oil is over rated but it does taste butter than butter, ghee or coco oil on salads…. That’s because adulterated oils may also become thick and cloudy in the refrigerator. You must first disable your ad blocker or enable javascript for the page. I’ve read that Spanish olive oil is less likely to be fake (virgin instead of extra virgin). I would look for less than 0.2% on the labels you read. Weird. I was hoping to support United states products instead of imports. One was cheap Pompeian brand and the other was a “fancy” olive oil in a dark glass bottle that was imported from Europe. Would love to hear what you find out. Please? Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Unrefined Organic Extra Virgin Mediterranean Olive Oil ©2020 Spectrum Organic Products, LLC They  tested 124 different samples from eight major brands (6,7), both domestic and imported, and found that 69% of imported, and 10% of domestic (California-based) oils labeled as olive oil or extra virgin olive oil, did not meet international and USDA standards. 12 oz for organic EVOO for $11.99. How about Abea? (Authentic olive oil is sensitive to sunlight, so is sold in dark, colored bottles or in cans). Fake olive oil is literally everywhere on the market – up to 70% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are fake.And by fake I mean cut with cheaper oils. How about jovial olive oil. I have also tried a bottle of olive oil from a named orchard in California, another trustworthy sign. I recently turned my back on olive oil with the belief that something was very wrong with it. They have mail-order. California Olive Ranch You can go to the UC Davis Olive Center site to see their reports. Those are hyper-endemic areas for Valley Fever / coccidioIdomycosis!!!! The big secret is that Spain is growing and harvest the raw materials for the Italian recipe. [LEARN MORE]. Actually, I’d put more faith in Costco than in anything on a standard grocery store shelf. I was thinking of getting that. http://www.lucerooliveoil.com/2012-gold-medal-award-winner-extra-virgin-olive-oils.html. Pompeian You get lunch and a gallon of the first press from the year’s harvest. Good info to know, though. It contains Vitamin E, Vitamin K and plenty of beneficial fatty acids including Omega-6 and Omega-4.. It’s first cold press and 100% real and unadulterated. Immediatly after reading, I stuck both of my olives in the fridge. Most articles discuss taste, calories, purity. Mueller’s book is deeply engaging, reading like a typical suspense novel or crime drama rather than a news story. It’s the law. So as it turns out, I may have never eaten real olive oil, considering that the ones in my house are about 100% fake. Try this Greek olive oil found at farmers markets in my area: http://www.kontoulisfamily.com, Wow. We also thank you for shopping with us at Trader Joe’s. Most every brand, from fancy & expensive to cheap Alpo types had either none or just trace amounts of the supplements (there’s no regulation over this sort of thing in dog food). Taste wasn’t great either. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. wow that’s one of the WORST things you could use. If your oil passed the fridge test (it solidified), next do the taste test (5). Bad news, but there are reputable sources available. When using U.S. The food industry is pretty screwed up when we have things like that being such a big problem. I was really shocked too! I wouldn’t trust in the certification alone. They used to take the olives to be pressed and the result would always be a dark green oil that was cloudy for a while. It is the best tasting oils I have ever eaten. There has to be other states besides the ones listed above that are safe. I’m so glad there’s a California olive oil producer at my local farmers market. What irks me the most is that, because of their atmosphere, people think they can trust the food there to be wholesome, healthful food :/. Every bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil at Trader Joe’s is from the first crush first press of the current crop. This scam has existed for decades. It looks like they get it from farmers on the coast overseas as well… how can we be 100% sure? They had a blurb on the back stating that they are involved in the entire process, have strict standards and get their oil from a select group of small family farms in Italy. If so, it means that the olive oil can still be a pure olive oil, but it’s had the stearates (a saturated fat that ought to make up about 5% of an extra-virgin olive oil) removed. I bought the WFN bottle because I saw the TJs was not solidifying (at first), but it looks like that if this were a blind test, the TJs would actually have “won” over the WFN. Cory, I have not tried the California Olive Ranch olive oil, but other readers have reported back that it’s the real deal. No substitutes or additives are EVER mixed in with our olive oil. However, expensive olive oils can be using price to assure you of purity when they may in fact be adulterated. I just stick to plain ol’ corn oil for greasing the cast iron skillet. Hi there, after reading this remarkable paragraph i am also delighted to share my familiarity here with mates. Celia Ozereko — ALSO: I didn’t mention this since you read Mueller’s book, but I’m posting it for those who haven’t. I was wondering if you could explain the reason behind WFN not clumping- maybe the winterization or wax or whatever. I live right next to an organic olive orchard and mill. I see you are not mention the Dauro in your article, but kind of implies it with the pic. And unless you live in the tropics, no ever-so-healthy tropical fruit. Do they have a site or a way to order from them? Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Ariston olive oil is the best. Or enjoy it simply – drizzled over crisp, fresh salad greens with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. . Does buying Organic EVOO make a difference? People are committed to it because when they find it, they realize how amazing it really is. On the positive side, you will be able to see the results of each specific olive oil brand tested and, very importantly, polyphenol values. Is “Colavita” brand EVOO 100% pure and unadulterated? I bought a gallon of Chaffin Orchard olive oil for someone for Christmas last year. Keep up the great work! It has the most fruity smell too and is made in Spain. I’ll trust her. @ Kathy, do you cook vegetables in coconut oil ? We hope this information adequately addresses your concerns, and we do appreciate you allowing us the opportunity to address this matter with you directly. The prevalence of these and other similar raids actually prompted the Australian government’s standards agency to allow olive oil brands to voluntarily submit their oils for lab tests. CA Olive Oil Council certification is awarded to CA producers who earn their stripes as ‘Extra Virgin Olive Oil’, exceeding the quality standards than the international community certification levels. I’m one of the lucky ones who gets to buy locally produced olive oil. Do you have any idea if Bragg’s extra virgin cold pressed olive oil is good? Oh that’s odd. Buy from a farmer you can get to know and trust, and you’ll be set. No longer just from California. What about other oils? Buy from a local producer directly if you want real extra-virgin. International allowance is 0.08% and the California Olive Oil Council allowance is a stricter 0.05%–both too high. Spectrum organic extra virgin olive oil first cold pressed. This is SO frustrating. I season my cast iron with an organic vegetable shortening (non-hydrogenated). Berkeley Olive Grove 1913 organic EVOOs are shipped at the fastest feasible transit rate and packed carefully for protection, also avoiding likely transit layover days (weekends or holidays). Oh bummer, I buy Trader Joes’ organic olive oil! What I do know from reading Mueller’s book is that a lot of the reason they are so good at faking olive oil these days is technology. In Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, Mr. Mueller exposes the inner workings of the olive oil industry, which has fallen prey to hi-tech, industry-wide fraud. Cold pressed coconut oil, either by itself or whipped into body butter, works wonders on the skin. If it continues to burn, it is fairly likely to be olive oil. Very interesting article! Let me tell you…it was kind of pricey but it was DAY & NIGHT difference than the stuff you get in the stores. In fact, I’m due for a trip there to tour their olive groves and press! Distributors are getting richer and farmers poorer, when it’s the farmer himself who takes the risk with his investments in extremely expensive machinery, who works hard in the field and who has to deal with changing weather. That’s basically when they filter the waxy solids out by cooling the oil and removing the solids. We spend days pressing tons of olives. Lucero Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Miller’s blend is my favorite! Kern County (Bakersfield) is the most heavily endemic area in California. I met the owner about how fanatical they were about freshness and quality. At Trader Joe’s we require FDA regulated GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) program of our vendors. He spends 9 months out of the year touring family-owned and other boutique olive groves to find the best-tasting and freshest olive oils from the latest harvest. Anyhow, I put that book on par with things like Tomatoland for making me paranoid about anything for which I don’t know the source. Needless to say i knew what was happening right away. This is not new… it’s been going on for hundreds of years! I haven’t been able to find anything online about the purity of that particular brand, but my google-fu may be off. I just can’t help feeling depressed but at the same intrigued on what I the article says. We have our olive oil nutritionally analyzed every year and we always recieve stellar marks. I don’t think that link dispels the fridge test completely, only the kind of fridge test that says that the oil must turn completely solid in the fridge to be “extra-virgin.” He says that turning solid is a result of the natural waxes on the olive, and that some oils are winterized to remove the waxes and stearates. I have had the same thing happen with my bottles of Chaffin not solidifying. , THANKS for olive oil expo…how can I make my own pure virgin olive oil…need step by step process…Tks…LY, Marietta, Ohio. Through our history our olive oils have ranged between 0.05% (lowest readable) and 0.14%. You know that the fridge test doesn’t always work, and it definitely doesn’t disprove an olive oil. It’s 100% pure. correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox. Sooooo disappointed. Thank you so much for posting about this! I’m so afraid if anything has those spores on it. What we need is someone to give us a list of what brands ARE real olive oil. So apparently that test supports the allegation above that it is not olive oil! (Santos, Food Res Int 2013). Thanks again for getting the word out about this. Visit the ranch, near Wimberley, TX and you can taste wine and hear the (almost) complete history of olive oil for a mere $15 (was only $6 when we went a few years ago). You can buy frsh olive oil here. Wow. I am sure the WFN is a good product, but I was wondering if you’d done the fridge test on it yourself. So, buy locally. Is this just a “glitch” on your site? I left my TJs bottle in the fridge for comparison and found that while the TJs clumped (and eventually turned solid after getting pushed to the back of the fridge), there isn’t a single speck in the WFN bottle after being in the fridge for two days, and it appears to still flow pretty well. That’s why I enjoy the subscription service via the Fresh Pressed Olive Oil Club. It’s unethical and fraudulent, but it isn’t actually harming most of us. If it won’t burn, it is NOT extra virgin olive oil, and contains refined oils which are mostly likely not olive oil at all. Right now I like a Chilean olive oil that seems pretty well-reputed and certified by several organizations. The scandal isn’t just limited to Italy. Really, any olive oil from a single farm or small co-op will almost always be legit. I called Bragg and had a lengthy discussion with the back-office, just last week (Jan2014). Well, I have to say that each season we receive a few bottles of olive oil by friends. Thrilled to read posts like yours that help educate folks on the industry. "Anywhere from 60 to 90 percent of the olive oils sold in American grocery stores … I originally from Spain and this country has one of the highest quality extra-virgin olive oils in the world and but, in saying so, I have no doubt they all meet national standards and haven’t been adulterated. bottle. We care for our 2000 trees. Good god…my kid is deathly allergic to soybeans…they could KILL my baby by substituting!! EVOO does not get better with age, so only buy the freshest available and in a quantity that you will use quickly. It is sold in liquor stores and supermarkets from a big huge vat of oil and you can reuse your bottles to refill for much cheaper. Theirs has long been my favorite for flavor. Wow! Hi i want to know if the olive oil I purchased is real. I am passing your website on to the producer. Great olive oil that you can sip and is peppery and delicious!! When really, none of these folks had done laboratory testing, and they weren’t taking into account all the ways that the so-called “tests” like the fridge test or the oil lamp test could mislead you. It is the little changes that will make the greatest WHAT?! I'll be honest. (I’m also confused on this point, because I thought an “extra-virgin” oil couldn’t be winterized.) I’m lucky to have a neighbor down the road that grows, processes and bottles their olive oil. Crap first Honey, now oil ,,, I had no idea. My fat of choice is animal variety. I don’t believe your article is credible because it has no facts. I have never been the same. It tastes pretty good but I haven’t investigated its background yet. Uh, yeah. The Olive Oil Hunter. That’s their official stance. My Whole Foods olive oil did NOT become thick and cloudy after I put it in the ‘frig 6 1/2 hours ago. Super-strength, high-dose formula. Our Olive Oil Buyer personally selects every olive oil blend on our shelves. Authentic extra-virgin olive oil, he says, takes a lot of time, expense, and labor to make. Its all good! There are some amazing olive oils all over the world. I don’t believe it is a “pipe” dream you have, but something that could really happen and perhaps is somewhat already. We purchase olive oil from supermarkets in the USA and Canada and test multiple times per year for adherence to the standards set by the International Olive Council (IOC). Berkeley Olive Grove is 100% certified organic and sustainably dry-farmed (rain-irrigated). Our trees are all Mission, the California heirloom variety and one particularly high in polyphenols (antioxidants). Spectrum® brand Organic Unrefined Extra Virgin Olive Oil is 100% organic and 100% first cold pressed, with a robust, fruity aroma and rich nutty flavor. How are your products kept cool during shipping? Maybe because some of us don’t like the flavor of coconut oil on our salad. They look you straight in the eye and forbid you to cook with that oil. You are correct to state that most people want the “extra-virgin ” olive oil, thinking they are getting the real thing. Exactly!!! Temecula Olive Oil Company makes high quality olive oil products. Have you tasted it for its silkiness/texture, flavour? Both bottles that I have read: INGREDIENTS Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I shared a link to it over at my new blog. Since your oil hasn’t been winterized, I think it has to be the olives. The oil is incredible, I had no idea what real EVOO was suppose to be like… this farm knows and loves their business! Very interesting and I’m feeling lucky to have oil from the father-in-law’s olive grove!!! The following article talks about why refrigerating oil is a poor test. On the flip side, it’s quick, cheap, and easy to doctor it. If you hate TJ’s that’s fine, but I’d like to know where your statement came from. HAH! What about the Jovial.com’s extra virgin olive oil they have? This is wonderful! You can send a sample of your oil to UC Davis Olive Center (4) for testing. I'll even send you a copy of my e-book Saturated Fat *IS* Healthy! I had no problem. It does not even come close. They have resources to catch dishonest suppliers. I now buy Trader Joe’s Greek olive oil and hope it’s not fake! Many thanks, However I am going What is so ironic is that most Americans trust everything from the supermarket. All the others are crap so this is all we use. These lists are based on testing at UC Davis in 2010. It’s 100% extra virgin olive oil completely from our own olives. They send you 3 bottles every 3-4 months. Right now I’m using Newman’s Own organic. These authentication tests allow oils to be certified pure “extra-virgin olive oil.” Thus far in 2012, every imported brand of extra-virgin olive oil has failed the test to gain certification! It made sense though as the flavor never” matched up.” My new diet excludes oils and I am glad. Filippo Berio always tasted fine to me as did Borges. http://Www.AvocadoDiva.com. Are we any better off using organic olive oil? The question of using an extracted oil is a personal consideration. Carapelli Perfection is unattainable. I’m in a Cultural Anthropology class and in the middle of a project using John Ikerd’s article,”The New American Food System”. Anyone who knows the answer can you kindly respond? Polyphenols are antioxidants (healthful) and can range very greatly between varieties of olive and production/milling techniques. Margaret, I think that’s covered by the part where I said, “Artisan and locally-produced olive oils (the variety you can find from domestic small family farms) have always passed every single test of authenticity. Inspection, so she did the fridge test was fairly definitive ” oil the. Deal on organic extra virgin olive oil to UC Davis olive Center ( 4 ) for testing Mediterranean olive and... 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