Susanne Kuehne, Decernis
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Extra Fraudulent Olive Oil

By Susanne Kuehne
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Susanne Kuehne, Decernis

There are many reasons that your EVOO may not be the real deal.

Olive oil fraud
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Increased demand worldwide, supply that cannot keep up, and a product that is easy to fake makes an attractive setup for fraudsters to jump on the lucrative business of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). Olive oil fraud is as old as olive oil itself, and it still flies under the radar because government agencies set priorities on what they consider more dangerous food fraud issues. EVOO is very simple to fake, and without laboratory tests, fraudulent oils often remain undetected. Fraudsters are not caught very often, and usually the existing laws do not severely punish such fraud.


  1. Sommers, M. (November 19, 2020). “The real reason your olive oil is probably fake”. Mashed.

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