According to the data of the Andalusian Committee for Organic Agriculture (CAAE) approximately 8.5 million kilograms of organic olive oil were put on the Spanish market in 2007 with sales of this product increasing by 39% in 2007. More here.
The BBC reports that Italian police have arrested 25 people in the south of the country suspected of selling adulterated vegetable oil as extra virgin olive oil. Sunflower oil was apparently mixed with chlorophyll and beta-carotene to give it olive oil's characteristic colour. More here at the BBC.
More here on then Italian labeling debate and fraudulent or criminal practices, this time an article from Bee Wilson author of 'Swindled: From Poison Sweets to Counterfeit Coffee - The Dark History of the Food Cheats'.
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. It is aimed to stop oils being marketed as Italian which were grown in other countries. More here.
It is the European truffle season and this week the olive blog is posting some snaps from stores and markets around Paris. We began with a couple of snaps from the window of the Maison de Truffle and a snap of their truffle infused olive oil. Today truffles at the organic market (metro Rome). The vendor is a regular at the market and very friendly. He will gladly allow you to savour the aroma caught up in the glass cover. The truffles are considerably less expensive than the Maison de Truffle.