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Italy show result of olive oil controls in restaurants

Only 7% of cases illicitness were found. During summer there were 1000 controls, carried out in restaurants, bars, pizzerias, pubs and other food stalls, in the biggest touristic centers

“After almost 6 years of the implementation of the Norm, that prohibits restaurants from giving to clients oil in anonym ampoules, there are still many irregularities and many restaurants still use direct canals for the oil supply.
This declared the Minister of agriculture Saverio Romano, commenting the results of the controls on olive oils presented in restaurants, carried out by Icqrf during the last two months.
During summer through the whole Italy the Icqrf verified the oil, used for food cooking and the one put at the clients’ disposal in the restaurants. The controls aimed at verifying the supplying canals, the product correspondence to the declared product quality and that the oil was offered to clients having a regular label.
“The Inspectorate, Romano added, with this action managed to unite the needs of protecting the national agricultural product and the consumers’ and tourists’ safety. After all, our country is the first European country for food tourism.”
There were 1000 controls, carried out in restaurants, bars, pizzerias, pubs and other food stalls, in the biggest touristic centers. More than 1600 products were verified.
In 7% of cases illicitness were found, also penal ones: irregular labeling and closing system, false and deceptive indications, contained in metal esters and etil esters of the fat acids above the maximum limit, addition of less quality olive oils. In two cases the product was seized.

Source: Agricoltura italiana on line

by S. C.
01 october 2011, World News > Italy

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