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Ministry of Commerce lifts ban on olive oil

Riyadh 4, Oct 2001--The Ministry of Commerce lifted seizure of the reserved quantities of refined olive oil, refined olive-pomace oil 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 oil should 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 olive oil, refined olive-pomace oil and olive oil mixtures from Spain and other countries producing these three kinds of olive-pomace oil following the discovery that Spanish olive-pomace oil contained benzopyrene.

The Ministry also had decided to allow the import and marketing of extra virgin, virgin and regular olive oil

Source: SPA



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