OLEUM presented at Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management Symposium
The OLEUM project was presented by project coordinator, Professor Tullia Gallina Toschi, University of Bologna, at the Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management Symposium. The event was organized by the MoniQA Assocation and was held on 26th-27th January 2017, in Bari, Italy.
The symposium brought together participants from the food industry, ingredient suppliers, agricultural producers, retail and trade, consumer organizations, private and public analytical laboratories, representatives from R&D, marketing, quality control, legal departments, as well as food scientists, technologists, analytical method providers, regulatory bodies, authorities and the media.
Professor Gallina Toschi presented OLEUM’s aims to better guarantee olive oil quality and authenticity by empowering the detection and fostering the prevention of olive oil fraud. This will includes the development of new methods and careful revision of existing analytical methods for fraud detection in different categories of olive oil. The project will establish a wide community of laboratories and institutions involved in quality control (OLEUM Network) and by storing and sharing relevant data and results (OLEUM Databank). OLEUM has identified gaps – in legislation and regulatory, analytical approaches, harmonisation and coordination, and consumer and market confidence – and wants to address these and enhance competitiveness of Europe an olive oil sector.