New Yorker Article on Olive Oil Fraud
The article "Slippery Business" on Italian olive oil fraud that appeared in the August 13th issue of the New Yorker is causing quite a stir. Tom Mueller reports on Italian olive oil fraud including blending olive oil with hazelnut, vegetable or canola oils, or claiming that the olive oil comes from a particular region when in fact it has come from a different country. Some of those shipments have made their way to the States.
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The New Yorker article has some amusing tidbits, including olive oil fraud in antiquity. Overall, the article gives a good glimpse at the olive oil industry in Italy and is definitely worth reading.
See also the California Olive Oil council press release on the subject.