10 Apr, 2022 @ 14:15
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Warning issued over fake olive oil sold in supermarkets in Spain

Warning: If you have bought THESE brands of olive oil in Spain’s Andalucia then they may be tampered with and need throwing away
Image from: Steve Buissinne en Pixabay

SPAIN’S food standards agency has issued a warning over the sale of fraudulent olive oil in supermarkets.

A study by AESAN found that some products labelled as ‘olive oil’ actually contained other vegetable oil extracts, while other bottles labelled as ‘extra virgin’ didn’t meet the quality required to be labelled as such.

At least seven brands were discovered to be selling sub-standard olive oil. These include the brand names Wafa, Riad Alan, Maysae, La Noria, and Virgen de la Salud 

“The distribution of the products has been mostly in the region of Murcia, but the fake olive oil has been distributed to other regions like Catalunya, the Basque Country and Valencia,” said AESAN in a statement. 

Warning issued over fake olive oil sold in supermarkets in Spain. Image from FACUA.

“We think that they might also have been distributed to other regions across Spain,” it added.

Spain’s consumer watchdog FACUA warned that there are insufficient controls in place. 

“There is not enough control by the Spanish authorities with regards to olive oil, and there is a lack of transparency on the few controls that they do” Ruben Sanchez, director of FACUA told the Olive Press.

“There has been more fraud in big olive oil brands, the frauds can be very different, some of them do not reach the category of extra virgin olive oil,” he added.

FACUA reported last year that brands including “El Corte Ingles” and “Hojiblanca” were selling sub-standard oil labelled as ‘extra virgin’ at supermarkets in the Balearic Islands.


Jorge Hinojosa

Jorge Hinojosa Mena was born and bred in Madrid before moving to the UK to study. After an undergraduate degree in Manchester, he completed an MA in International Journalism at City. He has worked in radio and for Spain’s Efe news agency before joining the Olive Press in March 2022. Contact: [email protected]

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