The OLEUM project

OLEUM seeks to better guarantee olive oil quality and authenticity by empowering the detection and fostering the prevention of olive oil fraud.

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The OLEUM questionnaire

The OLEUM questionnaire aims to gather information about weaknesses in the olive oil regulations and analytical methods and about emerging frauds from olive oil sector stakeholders.

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The OLEUM consortium

20 partners committed to developing advanced solutions for assuring authenticity and quality of olive oil at a global scale.

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Better solutions to protect olive oil quality and authenticity.

About OLEUM

About OLEUM

Starting in September 2016, the OLEUM project will develop new and improved existing analytical methods for detecting fraud and ensuring quality of olive oil.

Research

Research

The project will address the four main gaps in the current knowledge: legislation and regulation, analysis, harmonisation and coordination, consumer and market confidence.

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News

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OLEUM Consortium

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna (UNIBO, Project Coordinator)
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
Joint Research Centre European Commission (JRC)
Fera Science Limited (Fera)
Università di Udine (UNIUD)
Istitut des Corps Gras (ITERG)
Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (AUTH)
Università di Perugia (UNIPG)
Eurofins
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
European Food Information Council (EUFIC)
European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST)
Lablicate UG
Univerza na Primorskem Universitá del Litorale (UP)
Nestec S.A. Nestlé Research Centre (NESTEC)
Institut Za Poljoprivredu I Turizam Ustanova (IPTO)
National Olive and Olive Oil Council (UZZK)
Smart Assays
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)
China National Research Institute of Food and Fermentation Industries (CNRIFFI)

ABOUT OLEUM

Europe is currently the largest producer of olive oil accounting for more than 70% of the world’s production. Nevertheless, non-EU countries are expanding their domestic production, increasing the competitiveness of the global olive oil market. This increased competitiveness, combined with expanding markets and a lack of efficient and harmonised analytical methods for detecting olive oil fraud has led to significant weaknesses that can be exploited by counterfeiters. The high price of olive oil, the distinctive sensory profile, and its reputation as a healthy source of dietary fats also makes olive oil a target for adulteration or illegal blending with other vegetable oils or deliberate mislabelling of less expensive classes of olive oil. As a result, olive oil adulteration for the purpose of financial gain has become one of the biggest sources of agricultural fraud in the EU.

Starting in September 2016, the OLEUM project will develop new and improved existing analytical methods for detecting fraud and ensuring quality of olive oil, and to improve technology sharing by establishing of a wide community of laboratories and institutions involved in quality control. Improvements in the quality, safety and authenticity of olive oils will boost consumer confidence and ultimately enhance the competitiveness of the EU olive oil market.