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The omelette you are making may have been fried in counterfeit olive oil,
according to the Health Ministry, which is conducting a campaign to catch
producers of adulterated oil products and those lacking olive oil
Olive oil is required to be 100-percent pure and without
artificial coloring or other additives.
Inspectors at the ministry’s
National Food Service have taken samples of bottled “olive oil” and tested them
in its labs and those of the Israel Standards Institution. As genuine olive oil
is much more expensive than cheap vegetable oils, the potential profit for
cheaters is huge.
These products were found not to meet standards for
olive oil: • Baladi Olive Oil from Bayit Tov- Beit Yitzhak, owned by Yitzhak
Azrad Ltd; the ministry said this is not manufactured by the food company at
Kibbutz Beit Yitzhak.
• Shemen Tov Har Halutz, produced and marketed by
Kibushei Aviv, Ilabon industrial zone.
• Yisraeli Pressed Olive Oil,
produced for Li-Ad Ltd., Elad.
• Jerusalem 100% Pressed Olive Oil,
packaged and marketed by Ta’am Hazayit Ltd, Kfar Saba.
• Hamelech Pressed
Olive Oil, produced and marketed by the Suleiman Brothers, Kafr Magar.
Aretzeinu Pressed Olive Oil, with no manufacturer’s name or address,
“Kfar Saba Rabbinate supervision.”
• Nihoah Hazayit, Outstanding Pressed
Olive Oil, imported by S.N.L., Nazareth, imported from Turkey.
establishments are currently being investigated, and more samples are
tested, the ministry said.