Italian virgin olive oil must have label

Jan. 17, 2008 at 6:11 PM

ROME, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A new law in Italy requires producers of virgin and extra-virgin olive oil to include labels indicating where the olives were picked and pressed.

The purpose is to guarantee authenticity and quality, a report from Rome said.

The consumer group Codacons likes the new law but thinks it's not enough to eliminate fraud. Members want acidity levels and nutritional benefits on the labels, too, ANSA reported.

The new law was the result of an initiative by the Coldiretti farmers' union against oils which were being marketed as Italian but were produced using olives and oils from other Mediterranean countries -- including Spain, Greece and Tunisia.

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