13/04/2017 | 2PM
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) has identified irregularities in 45 brands of olive oil among 140 collected in the last two years.
The samples were collected in 12 states and the Federal District, in a total of 322,329 liters (of which 114,750 liters were considered compliant and 207,579 liters with problems).
The inspection team inspected 279 samples from 214 lots. Of the total, 38.7% of the lots had problems and 79% of the irregularities were related to low quality. The most common fraud practiced by packaging companies is the use of vegetable oil with lampante oil, which has a strong smell and high acidity (extracted from deteriorated or fermented olives), and should not be used for food.
The companies were fined up to R$ 532 thousand for irregularity and the products were seized for disposal. The companies were also reported to the Public Ministry.
Among the brands that presented irregularities are Astorga, Carrefour, Almeirim, Conde de Torres, among others. And among the brands that were fine are Andorinha, Aro, Apolo, Borges, Belo Porto, Carrefour Discount and others.