Olive Crazy: All About Olives and Olive Oil
Jun 202011

Last year the United States Congress beefed up its food and drug safety legislation to increase the number of products that will be regulated as pharmaceuticals by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The new regulations are still being developed but the determinations and decisions are coming.

In February, the FDA sent a warning letter to the Pompeian company regarding what they refer to as the “misbranding” of “Pompeian Imported Extra Light Olive Oil”. Here is part of the determination from the letter:

“Based on claims made on your website, www.pompeian.com, we have determined that the product “Pompeian Imported Extra Light Olive Oil” is promoted for conditions that cause the product to be a drug under section 201(g)(1) of the Act [21 USC § 321(g)(1)]. The therapeutic claims on your website establish that the product is a drug because it is intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. The marketing of this product with these claims violates the Act.”

Even though, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has lax olive oil standards, see my article, “Olive Oil Standards Get a Facelift“, strict standards and regulations for domestic producers and olive oil importers regarding labelling and representation of content will come through the FDA.

This is an issue that I am going to be following more rigorously. It is a game changer.

May the sun shine through your branches.


  4 Responses to “Olive Oil Health Claims Run Afoul of the FDA”

Comments (4)
  1. Olive Crazy is the olive industry watch dog. Thanks for keeping us informed on these matters.

    • Thanks Steve, I am happy to watch dog all the issues affecting the olive industry around the world. As growers and consumers try to up their game governments load on a lot of conflicting, confusing, and sometimes helpful laws and regulations. Consumers must be protected and business must thrive.

  2. Great review! You actually overviewed some nice things here. I came across it by using Google and I’ve got to admit that I already subscribed to the site, it’s very great 🙂

  3. GREAT REVIEW! I agree with pretty much all you said in your article, especially at the end of your article. Thank you, your post is very useful as always. Keep up the good work! You’ve got +1 more reader of your blog:) Isabella S.

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