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Extra Virgin Olive Oil: a Traditional Italian Product that has to be Preserved

Extra virigin olive oil is a typical seasoning of the Italian and Mediterranean tradition, which is present everyday on our tables. It is a product for which there is a strong national pride.

Italy, in fact, is the "second producer, after Spain, in Europe and in the world of olive oil, with an average production of more than 464.000 tons, 2/3 of which are extra virgin and with 41 PDO denominations and one PGI recognized from the European Union"*.

However, extra virgin olive oil is more and more often subject to frauds and counterfeiting. Unfortunately, the news refer with more frequency to scandals and sanctions for labels which are not enough transparent and little clear about the origin of the products or for a false indication of belonging to the extra virgin category.

In fact, recently, the Ministery for the Agricultural Policies announced the publication on the Official Gazette of the decree, in force since the first of July 2016, in relationship to the sanctions on the marketing of olive oil. Among the principal rules, there are the "sanctions for the so called 'country sounding', i.e. the enforceability, for the first time, of the evocation of the geographical origin of oil different from the real origin of the same oil, even if correctly labeled"**.

In order to guarantee its products, Probios offers a range of extra virgin olive oils all rigorously organic and cold extracted from Italian olives:
from the gorgeous olive groves near Vinci, in the province of Florence, derives the extra virgin olive oil P.G.I (protected geographical indication) of the line Natura Toscana, perfect to season raw vegetables, fish or meat, and also for the preparation of garlic bread, pouring it on toasted bread with garlic and salt;
Nutrimento offers extra virgin olive oil from the Colli Veronesi, with a soft and fine taste for the palate, and the Calabrian extra virgin olive oil, intense and fruity, with bitter and spicy tones, both extracted at cold.
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