Nine arrested for fake virgin olive oil fraud
12 April 2006, BARCELONA — More than 70,000 litres of fake extra virgin olive oil has been withdrawn from sale after police discovered it was not the real thing.
12 April 2006
BARCELONA — More than 70,000 litres of fake extra virgin olive oil has been withdrawn from sale after police discovered it was not the real thing.
The 76,000 litres were in fact sunflower oil which had been coloured and labelled as extra virgin olive oil.
Nine people have been arrested in connection with the scam.
Authorities said there was no danger the fake olive oil, which was sold to restaurants and small shops, was toxic.
The fraud was linked to two companies in Mancha Real near Jaén and Baena near Cordoba, both in Andalusia.
The companies produced 14 different brands of the fake oil which was put on sale in Catalonia.
The brands were known as La Tinaja, Tartessus, La Prensa Aceitunera, Pagos de Olivos, Magina, La Campiña, Embrujo de Andalucía (in five-litre cans or bottles), Los Olivares, La Bodega, La Colmena, La Cantarilla, Conde Da Vila, Aceite del Serra and La Despensa.
There is another brand called Magina which has no connection with this fraud.
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Subject: Spanish news