With the rise of the internet, more people have become more health conscious, especially with access to information about diets and foods. A lot of people have taken their food consumption into their hands, placing themselves under strict regimens. For optimum health, most people have become quite intolerant towards brands that are harmful.

As such, it is a shame if such brands end up scamming the marketplace, just to sell more products. It is simply unethical. Scams of course are quite common, where many companies do not deliver on what they promise.

Thus, we’re going to show you below some of the scamming brands that have delivered inferior non-olive oils to stores before!

What are the brands?

  • Mazola
  • Carapelli
  • Mezzetta
  • Pompeian
  • Primadonna
  • Sasso
  • Colavita
  • Star
  • Antica Badia
  • Whole Foods


Facts about the brands.

Interestingly, the brands mentioned previously advertised are mostly imported. Most of them advertise the use of 100% olive oil, where almost none of them do so.

All of this information was discovered in a 2008 crackdown on oil companies by police officers in Italy. This was called the “Operation Golden Oil”. Through the crackdown, 85 farms were seized, where it was found that additional sunflower and canola oil were added to the product, and then sold as extra virgin.

In order to mimic the effects of the olive oil, colors and flavors were added in to fool the market place. Such shady practices were not only done in Italy. They were also done in locations such as Australia, which is known to have tough standards for consumer protection.

Testing oil for purity.

There is a simple test you can perform to check for the oil’s validity. With olive oil being mostly a monosaturated fat, it is supposed to freeze in the cold. As such, we highly recommend you put the oil in the fridge for an hour or 2, where freezing indicates the oil’s purity.