Top Tips On How To Read The Label On Olive Oil For Nutritional Info
If you need an excuse to the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil in your diet then National Nutrition Month must surely be it!
At Morocco Gold we love to support National Nutrition Month and its key themes which include making healthy and informed diet choices and incorporating different flavours and cultures in your cooking.
As part of this month of celebration, we are going to share some practical tips on how extra virgin olive oil can be one of the best nutritional choices you make. This will include:
- How To Read The Label On Olive Oil
- Recipes For Mediterranean Diet
- Olive Oil Nutrition Facts
- Why Olive Oil Is One Of The Best Foods For Heart Health
When it comes to choosing your bottle of extra virgin olive oil, we know there is a lot of choice! So, what is important and how can you read and understand the label?
Extra Virgin Olive Oil For Wellness: It’s All In The Label!
The olive oil label is a hallmark of the quality and grade of any reputable extra virgin olive oil. Recent research has found that a third of the olive oil being sold in the UK was either fake or in breach of quality standards. Practices include:
- Falsely labelling poor quality oils as Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Virgin Olive Oil
- Marketing olive oils from different countries / origins as (for example) ‘Italian’
- Mixing oils of dubious provenance
- Use of vegetable oils disguised using artificial colouring and additives
These practices may well have been exacerbated by the impact of blight and adverse weather conditions in EU producer countries in attempts to recover lost volume and value. Our aim to re-establish consumer trust and confidence in Extra Virgin Olive Oil as ‘the original superfood’ through setting a new standard for authenticity, traceability and the guarantee of Extra Virgin Olive Oil quality with the information included on our olive oil labelling.
The UK and other markets have experienced challenges due to olive oil supplies from Europe being affected by poor harvest and blight across a number of key olive growing regions.
In particular, we include the results of our annual harvest analysis on each and every bottle of Morocco Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil so our customers can see at a glance the quality of our oil.
Our labelling enables our customers to make well informed choices about the olive oil they prefer. That is why we put alot of attention on our olive oil label.
HOW TO READ THE MOROCCO GOLD EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL LABEL
REQUIREMENTS TO QUALIFY AS EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: There are strict conditions that apply to defining olive oil as extra virgin
OLIVE OIL TESTING : Our extra virgin olive oil is tested in Morocco by ONSSA (National Office for the Sanitary Protection of Food Products). We carry out further independent testing to IOC standards to re-confirm extra virgin quality. There are strict rules governing the requirements to qualify olive oils as extra virgin, these include:
- ACIDITY: Must be <= 0.8%
- PEROXIDE: Must be <= 20 MEQ O2/kg
- WAX CONTENT: Must be <= 250 MG/KG
- UV ABS K232 : Must be <= 2.50
- K232 : Must be <= 0.22
In addition, to quote health benefits, POLYPHENOL levels must be >= 250 MG/KG
PRODUCT ORIGIN : The origin of the olives used to make the oil, this information is required by European regulation and law
DATE OF HARVEST : When the olives were picked and pressed
MOROCCO GOLD LOT NO. : Unique harvest lot no. for traceability purposes
BEST BEFORE : The period of time in which the product is guaranteed to maintain original flavour and properties
LOCATION OF BOTTLING PLANT : Address / postcode of bottler
REFERENCE : Unique Morocco Gold bottling batch number for traceability purposes
MOROCCO GOLD REGISTRATION : Company identification
STORAGE INFORMATION : The best way to store the product in order to maintain its unique quality and flavour
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION : A breakdown of the dietary contents and properties of the oil, per 100ml
NET QUANTITY : The net amount of olive oil in the bottle (liters or milliliters)
e SYMBOL : Indicates can be sold throughout Europe
EAN-13 : Short for European Article Number, this 13 digit product identification code is used on all globally traded goods: the first 9 digits refer to the product manufacturer, the following 3 digits refer to the specific item or product code – and the last digit is a checksum number used to confirm that the code has been generated properly