The Importance of Traceability in Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The European Union Food Safety regulations ensure extra virgin olive oil's integrity, quality, and authenticity. However, beyond these standard mandatory requirements, traceability is critical for consumers' assurance that they are putting a product on their table that is sure to be delicious, genuine, nutritious and safe. It is essential to understand where the olives grow and in what conditions, produced using sustainable agricultural practices, harvested to contain its freshness without affecting wildlife, and extraction methods. European Union's coveted Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) certification system ensures proper product specifications protection under this control system. It recognizes exceptional premium products, guaranteeing provenance, quality and authenticity.

With the PDO certification, consumers can review all pertinent information about their extra virgin olive oil (or any other premium food product), with Agrocert providing a full report on the traceability of the product. In addition, the packaging must display the PDO logo, Agrocert logo, and PDO certification number. Click to see Chrisopigi's PDO Certification. It must also contain the place of origin, product count, harvest year, and lot number – and most important of all, this information must match up precisely on the Agrocert website. Check out the Traceability Label button below to learn how to read the required label.

Should any of the details not match, please report to the European Food Fraud Network in the corresponding country of the product. 

Quality and authenticity matter, and with the traceability measures of PDO certifications, you can be confident of each product.