Brazil Agriculture Ministry Uncovers Olive Oil 'Irregularities'
Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Supply has identified irregularities in 45 brands of olive oil among 140 collected in the last two years. Some 79% of the irregularities related to quality, in which bad product was passed off as good.
The samples were collected in 12 states and in the Federal District, amounting to a total of 322,329 litres (of which 114,750 litres were compliant with regulations and 207,579 litres were suspected of having irregularities).
The most common issue the investigation uncovered was the use of lampante oil, which is extracted from deteriorated or fermented olives and should not be used for food.
In the state of Paraná, the authorities identified companies that sold product marketed as olive oil but composed 85% of soybean oil and 15% of lampante oil.
Among the brands that presented irregularities are Astorga, Carrefour, Almeirim and Conde de Torres.
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