American journalist Tom Mueller’s brilliant expose of the worldwide trade in adulterated olive oil, which is spurred by pricing pressures in the highly competitive edible oils market. Extra virgin olive oil is an expensive product and not everyone finds it very palatable.
But let’s first get the facts on ‘olive pomace oil’ straight. Pomace is the name given to the solid leftovers of olives, including skins, pulp, seeds, and stems, after ‘extra virgin’ and ‘pure olive’ oils have been extracted in the first and second presses. Hexane is introduced in the production process to dissolve the fats in the pomace (it amounts literally to squeezing the last drop of oil) and the oil that comes out of this exercise has to be subject to heat treatment to remove the solvent.
Never compromise on your HEALTH, never compromise on QUALITY !