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With so much fake and adulterated oil on the market, make sure you are consuming high quality olive oil...taste it first!  If it does not taste fresh and peppery, its not fit for your table!

 

Below are some videos and links that will help you understand what is going on in the industry and what to look for.  We highly recommend Tom Mueller's book "Extra Virginity" and when his extensive and amazing website, TruthInOliveOil.com is relaunched after his upcoming book release, it will be well worth checking out.  In the mean time, we will continue to add to our videos and information to help all of us stay safe from fraudulent olive oil, so be sure to visit again soon and stop in our Elkton store for a taste of delicious UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil today!

The following is a script from "Agromafia" which aired on Jan. 3, 2016. Bill Whitaker is the correspondent.

Guy Campanile, producer.

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When it comes to knock-offs of Italian classics -- you probably think of fake Guccis or Pradas -- not food.

But last month, police in Italy nabbed 7,000 tons of phony olive oil. Much of it was bound for American stores. The oil was from North Africa, deodorized with chemicals and rebranded as more expensive Italian extra virgin. The scam was cooked-up by organized crime.

Tom Mueller, the author of Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, explains why Olive Oil fraud is so prevalent, the different forms that it takes, and how you can avoid inferior

extra virgin olive oil.

Most of us probably don't give much thought to what’s in the bottle of olive oil we buy at the store. We may think it’s just like picking up any other cooking oil. Well, that’s not necessarily the case. A recent study revealed that some imported olive oil is diluted, mislabeled, or misrepresented. That’s put a spotlight on what some consider the surprisingly scandalous world of

olive oil from overseas.

Fake Olive Oil Mafia. Is the olive oil industry controlled by the Mafia and using fake olive oil? Has the Italian Mafia Sold You Fake Extra Virgin Olive Oil? Don't fall victim to olive oil fraud and learn how to Avoid Fake Olive Oil.

Ginger Zee takes an adventure through Italy on a search to find the best Italian olive oil and discovers how weather is putting it in jeopardy.