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3000 tons of olive oil seized

The investigation started with the seizure, last December, of a load of oil, of Tunisian origin, not Italian, as stated on the label, destined to the Chinese and Us markets

The minister of Agricultural Food and Forestry Policies comments the anti-fraud investigations conducted by the Carabinieri of Parma and the Carabinieri of Sciacca (Agrigento), assisted by the Anti-fraud Office of the Customs of La Spezia, which led to the arrest of over three thousand tons of oil for at least 10 thousand euroin the province of Agrigento, Bari and La Spezia.

"The priority of the Ministry of Agricultural Food and Forestry Policies is the safety, the transparency and the health of the citizens and the important operation , just completed by the anti-fraud Carabinieri of Parma in defense of the extra virgin olive oil, a symbol of made in Italy, is the best example of it".
This declared the minister of Agricultural Food and Forestry Policies, Saverio Romano, comments the anti-fraud investigations conducted by the Carabinieri of Parma and the Carabinieri of Sciacca (Agrigento), assisted by the Anti-fraud Office of the Customs of La Spezia, which led to the arrest of over three thousand tons of oil for at least 10 thousand euro in the province of Agrigento, Bari and La Spezia.
Of these, 2.450 tons of oil were found in a big company of the oil sector of Agrigento, which sold foreign oil as national as well as trading false extra virgin olive oil. The company was closed by order of the Public Prosecutor of the Tribunal of Sciacca.
The owner, was accused of trade fraud and was subjected to the protective order prohibiting him to carry out business activities, he allegedly committed fraud on significant volumes of oil, abroad (U.S. and China) and in other provinces. The others seizures took place, in fact, at factories and storage places of olive oil in the province of Bari (500 tons), Genoa and La Spezia (50 tons).

The oil, labelled as ‘extra virgin olive oil’ was analised and found to be in some cases ‘lampante’ (non edible) an in other cases ‘virgin olive oil’, thus of inferior quality to the one declared on the label.

The investigation started with the seizure, last December, of a load of oil, of Tunisian origin, not Italian, as stated on the label, destined to the Chinese and Us markets, amounting to 47,000 kg. The inquiries, still in progress, aim to establish if there is further irregular product still on the market. "I wanto to highlighthe valuable work done by the anti-fraud Comando of the Carabinieri of the Mipaaf, Romano continued, to defend the food safety and quality of our products. "

Source: Agricoltura italiana on line

by S. C.
04 april 2011, World News > Italy

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