The alert for the sale of olive oils without health registration extends to Andalusia
Last week alarm bells went off due to a food alert issued by the General Directorate of Public Health of the Extremaduran Health Service (SES) related to the marketing of virgin olive oil of dubious quality from several Andalusian companies. Although it was initially reported that large quantities of oil had been immobilized in markets, gas stations and distribution warehouses in Extremadura, the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (Aesan) reported shortly after that it was also aware of the marketing in Andalusia of the products investigated, without ruling out more areas.
Specifically, there are nine olive oil brands intervened: Acebuche, Virgen del Guadiana, Cortijo del Oro, La Campiña de Andalucía, Galiaceite 2022, La Abadía, Villa de Jerez, Don Jaén Aceite 2019 and Imperio Andaluz. The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) indicates that these would be 5-liter bottles that were sold for a price close to 22 euros. Consumer complaints to the Extremaduran authorities and the notice from the health authorities of Andalusia put the trail of this alleged network of irregular oil sales on the trail.
The inspection services of the Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs of the Government of Andalusia are already working in coordination with that of Extremadura and the Seprona of the Civil Guard on this matter. What has been detected are “important deficiencies in the labeling and traceability of the product”, in addition to altered organoleptic characteristics of taste, smell, color and consistency. Likewise, the companies that are packaging and distributing these oils do not have a health registration number and, therefore, are outside official control.
In this sense, the Andalusian Government has clarified that to date no danger that poses a risk to health has been identified, beyond quality problems or alleged fraud, although it warns those people who have oils from the brands mentioned above, already withdrawn from sale, to refrain from consuming it and proceed to contact the place of purchase for its return.
Aesan goes further and recommends that, if you have consumed them, you should contact the health center to inform you about the evolution of the alert and the actions to be carried out.