Oil sold as olive was really palm, sunflower, say Spanish police

02/21/2012 | Olive Oil Times

Spanish police say that suspects in an olive oil-fraud investigation passed off palm, avocado, sunflower and other oils as olive oil, though there was no risk to human health. "This illegal practice causes very serious unfair competition in the sector given that, by not paying [value-added tax] and using inferior or other vegetable oils, the organization was able to price the product well below the market rate," police said.

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