As if we don't have enough to worry about, now there's olive oil.
Apparently Extra Virgin Olive Oil, thanks to celebrity chefs, is a $720 million per year industry in the US alone. Thus it is now the target of organized crime in Italy.
You guessed it, knock off olive oil.
They will add chemicals or flavoring to make cheaper, pure oil look more like the higher quality Extra Virgin stuff. Or they will mix it with cheaper oils, again adding chemicals or flavorings.
Then they pass it off as the real deal.
The worst offenders are the companies that use generic labels, as they aren't as careful about their sourcing.
Great. That's the kind i use.
So, now i get to wonder if my olive oil is the real thing.
Like i needed something else to worry about.
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