Riyadh 4, Oct 2001--The Ministry of
Commerce lifted seizure of the reserved quantities of refined olive oil, refined
and olive oil
mixtures as the results of examination and analysis conducted by the research
center in King
Faisal Specialist Hospital proved them free of benzopyrene, a hydrocarbon
harmful to health.
The results showed that only one kind of refined olive-pomace oil
bearing the trade mark 'Prince J' and produced by a Spanish company, contained
benzopyrene and thus was banned.
Other kinds of olive-pomace
oil were proved to be free of benzopyrene.
The Ministry stressed that imports of olive
always be examined by the quality control laboratories to make sure they are
safe for human use.
It also hoped that citizens and importers understand the
reasons for such procedures and that they should fully cooperate with it by
examining what they import.
In July, the
Ministry of Commerce had issued a decision temporarily banning the import of refined
oil and olive
from Spain and other countries producing these three kinds of olive-pomace
the discovery that Spanish olive-pomace
The Ministry also had decided to allow the import and
marketing of extra virgin, virgin and regular olive