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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Friday, October 24, 2008
Hey Sol, Guess What? Oils Ain't Oils
I've never been a big fan of 'Buy Australian' when it comes time to purchase something. For better or worse, we live in a world economy and if we want to export our goods overseas, we, in turn, must take goods from overseas. In an ideal world it works that way.

However, the world is far from ideal. Kitchen hand has just revealed that none of the tested, imported olive oils on shelves, actually meet the German standard, which Australian olive oil producers want to adopt here.

Several brands tested were not entitled to be called extra virgin as they contained refined oils, one brand contained canola oil and another a solvent. Nor is the scandal confined to Australia with both Canada and the USA also having cases of suspect oils, which mostly seem to be coming from Europe, where, ironically, their laws are far more stringent than ours. It may well be, that other countries with lax laws, are a convenient dumping destination for those oils which fail European standards.

In the mean time, buying Australian olive oils seems to be the best way to guarantee that you get what you pay for.
 
  posted at 8:17 am
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4 Comments:
At 10:33 am, Blogger MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

There is no sure thing.
It makes me sad.
Now I'm more confused than ever about which olive oil I can by.

 
At 9:47 pm, Anonymous Duncan | syrupandtang said...

Unfortunately, buying Aussie olive isn't a guarantee of quality, even if the stuff is genuinely extra virgin -- off-flavours and rancidity aren't uncommon (as with imported stuff). It takes a lot of shopping around to find really good Aussie evoo.

 
At 8:14 am, Blogger gigi said...

I thought I was doing well to buy an Italian import, although I confess lately I've just been buying whatever it is that my local Trader Joe's market is peddling as extra extra virgin. Sometimes, you just can't afford to know. Ignorance is a kind of bliss.

 
At 4:51 pm, Blogger Ed said...

One of the oils tested was Australian apparently. I'm told legal letters have been fired off and the importers can't get the same results.

 

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