Olive oil fraud

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Dear Health and Food Safety,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting information about the olive oil fraud in the EU between the years 2010 and 2017 (both inclusive).

For each case registered regarding olive oil fraud, please also provide with further information regarding:
- Date in which the case was registered by the authority.
- The countries involved.
- The causes for which the product was seized:
o Labels without the European Union requirements.
o Products with a label establishing a superior quality for the product than it actually was.
o Adulteration of the product
o Deterioration of the product
- If the case was related to health issues
- The name of the product, if possible.
- A quantifiable measure of the amount of the product seized (tonnes, units, litres)

I would also appreciate it if you could provide me with any document about the monetary cost of the fraud of olive oil for the UE and its members.

I am interested in knowing:
- How much money is involved annually due to the olive oil fraud?
- What proportion represent the olive oil fraud in the condiment group and/or the food fraud?
- How has this type of fraud evolved between 2010 and 2017? Are there more or fewer cases? Does it involve more or less money?
- Which countries are the most affected?

Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others and should this prove to be the case I would ask that you release available data as soon as possible rather than hold up the entire request.

I would like to receive that information in electronic format, preferably in .csv or .xls.

If you feel that a substantive response to this request is not possible within a reasonable time frame or the request is too broad, I would be grateful if you could provide me with assistance as to how I could refine the request.

Yours faithfully,
Carmen Aguilar García

Health and Food Safety

Dear Ms Aguilar,
Thank you for your request for access to documents.
Unfortunately you have not indicated your postal address that is required for registering and handling your request in line with the procedural requirements.
Please send us your full postal address at your earliest convenience. Pending your reply, we reserve the right to refuse the registration of your request.
You may, of course, use directly the electronic form for entering your request:


Best regards,


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Dear Health and Food Safety,

As indicated in your response to my request for information regarding the olive oil fraud, I detail my postal address:
5 Cardigan St, Birmingham B4 7BD
United Kingdom

Yours faithfully,

Carmen Aguilar

Health and Food Safety

Dear Ms Aguilar,

Thank you for sending us your postal address.

We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, dated 4 April 2018 and registered on the same date under reference number GestDem 2018/1929.

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, your application will be handled within 15 working days. The time limit will expire on 25 April 2018.

In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

You have lodged your application via the AsktheEU.org website. Please note that this is a private website which has no link with any institution of the European Union. Therefore, the European Commission cannot be held accountable for any technical issues or problems linked to the use of this system.

Yours sincerely,


European Commission
DG Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
Email: [DG SANTE request email]

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