Campden BRI is partner of choice for authenticity testing of olive oil
Posted: 27 January 2014 | Campden BRI | No comments yet
Campden BRI has been chosen by the Rural Payments Agency to carry out chemical testing to ensure the authenticity of olive oil imported into the UK…
Campden BRI has been chosen by the Rural Payments Agency to carry out chemical testing to ensure the authenticity of olive oil imported into the UK. The analysis will be carried out at Campden BRI’s state-of-the-art laboratories at its headquarters in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.
New EU olive oil regulations come into force in the UK next month to ensure that olive oil is marketed correctly and to provide a deterrent against fraud. Campden BRI’s analysis work will form an integral part of conformity checks carried out at olive oil bottlers and retailers. Campden BRI will analyse batches of olive oil for a range of lipid components. These tests will determine if the olive oil grade declared on the label is genuine.
Dr Julian South, Head of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Campden BRI said:
“Food authenticity continues to be a high profile issue and we are delighted to be chosen by the RPA to help industry and government meet the challenge of beating food fraud. This contract reflects our position as a trusted and respected centre providing technical excellence to the food and drink industry”.
Campden BRI will be responsible for all the testing of Extra Virgin olive oil, Virgin olive oil, olive oil composed of refined olive oils and virgin olive oils, and olive pomace oil imported into the UK.
Campden BRI (www.campdenbri.co.uk) provides technical, legislative and scientific support and research to the food and drinks industry worldwide – with a comprehensive “farm to fork” range of services covering agri-food production, analysis and testing, processing and manufacturing, safety, training and technical information services. Members and clients benefit from industry-leading facilities for analysis, product and process development, and sensory and consumer studies, which include a specialist brewing and wine division.