It has recently been found that one of the biggest makers of olive oil in the USA are mixing their oils with some cheap ones in order to gain more profit. Namely, one of those products which we thought was the healthiest one so far, and was considered as a remedy for longevity, has been corrupted.

It seems that about 70% of the olive oil that is sold in the stores around US is fake, because they have all been mixed with cheaper and inferior oils such as the canola and the sunflower oil. This is similar to the practice which went down in 2008 in Italy.

Revealed Fake Olive Oil Companies

Revealed Fake Olive Oil Companies

This meant closure for the 85 oil farms which mixed a percentage of chlorophyll with some canola or sunflower to the original olive oil.The olive was also colored, mixed, perfumed and flavored, and this is why the Australian government decided to investigate on these things.

The results came back awful. After this had happened, not even one brand of extra virgin olive oil got the certificate of approval in the year of 2012.

All of these scams made the University of California to study about 124 imported brands of extra virgin olive oil and the discovery was that about 70% of all of them did not pass the test.

Some of the brands that failed the test are: Mezzetta, Carapelli, Primadonna, Pompeian, Mazola, Sasso, Colavita, Star, Antica Badia, Felipo Berio, Whole foods, Coricelli, Safeway, Bertolli.

On the other hand, those who passed with flying colors and are trustworthy olive oils are: Lucero, Corto Olive, Omaggio, McEvoy Ranch Organic, California Olive Ranch, Bariani Olive Oil, Lucini, Ottavio, Olea Estates, Cobram Estate, Kirkland Organic.

What you can do is test the olive oil you have in your own home. Take the bottle and put it in the fridge for half an hour, and if it starts to solidify, then you have a genuinely pure olive oil, because it contains a high amount of monounsaturated fats.

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And if it does not solidify, it is a fake product. But, in order to be really sure, look for the official government seal of approval on the label, it should read California Olive Oil Council Certified Extra Virgin or Australian Extra Virgin Certified.