Extra virgin? Tiny US olive oil industry seeks greater government scrutiny of European imports

  • Article by: MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 18, 2014 - 2:35 PM

WASHINGTON — Need olive oil? American shoppers are more likely to pick a European brand, which is cheaper and viewed as more authentic than U.S.-produced olive oil.

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comment229Feb. 18, 14 5:22 AM

It isn't just "olive oil." Take a look at the JUNK that is being imported from all over the world these days, in the name of the "global economy" that costs American manufacturing jobs. You can't have this both ways. Lower prices for cheaply made junk that is imported, or pay more for American made products. But now you know how the great "global economy" works. Instead of paying Americans, we pay foreigners a meager wage. Does everybody win? Welcome to the new concept... economic treason.

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FrankLFeb. 18, 14 9:24 AM

What I have never been able to understand from most of these reports on olive oil is whether they are saying what is in the bottle is not olive oil, or is the main problem in the definition of Extra Virgin. My take is that most times what you are getting is still olive oil, just the grading system for the words is suspect. These terms are like Prime and Choice on cuts of beef, it still beef, the terms just give you an idea of how tasty and tender it will be.

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