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As of 2009, food chain companies in the EU are required to implement a tracing system to ensure food safety and, if necessary, enable corrective action at the point of production. Our system supplies our customers with the identity of the specific grove from which their oil originates as well as the date on which it was produced.

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Our monitoring process

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Farm

The process begins with identification of the grove from which the olives are harvested.

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Harvesting and Pressing

Our system records the exact harvesting and processing date of each batch of olives.

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Packaging

Our packaging facility uses the latest technology to ensure our oil arrives in perfect condition.

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Distribution

Our logistics team guarantees delivery deadlines will be met as our oil is transported across the globe.

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Consumers

Our clients can use the QR code on the label to discover the following information online:

  • Name and geographical location of the grove
  • Olive variety and organic certification
  • Olive harvesting and pressing date
  • Packaging date
  • Best-before date

Introducing Legislation

In 2002, the European Food Safety Authority was created to unify the various European food legislation committees and to make public the precise processes involved in food production and the health risks associated with these processes. Furthermore, it was tasked with strengthening the early warning system adopted by European governments and the European Commission to enable rapid interventions in cases of food safety in the human and animal food chains.

In 2009, the European Union Member States agreed to require origin labelling for Virgin and Extra Virgin Olive Oils to enable a consumer’s right to know the true characteristics and origin of the oils they purchase. Origin labelling is verified by regular authentication of olive oil samples, which are examined to determine the presence or absence of contaminants and the geographical or cultivar origin by comparison with known and reliable samples.

What is Traceability?

It is mandatory for companies distributing food to implement a tracing system to ensure food safety and to enable corrective action at the point of production where you have risk of food contamination. The European Commission defines traceability as:

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The ability to reconstruct and follow a food, feed, food-producing animal or substance intended to be or combined with a food or feed, through all stages of production, processing and distribution
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Analytical methods for the Traceability of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Coupage or monovarietal olive oils that have specific or enhanced qualities are now widespread in the market. Monovarietal olive oils contain the characteristics specific to the olive variety from which they are pressed. Coupage olive oils are blended from several olive varieties to achieve a specific flavour or aroma.

The olive oil industry now uses protected designations of origin and geographical indications similar to those used in the wine industry. These protected designations include:

    • Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)
    • Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)
    • Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG)