If you glanced at my “About the Author” page you will know I am a professional lobbyist and former member of the Georgia House and Senate. I have a particular interest in following legislation that affects those things I am interested in, such as: the olive industry.
California Senator Lois Wolk introduced on February18, 2011, SB 818, which deals with olive oil labelling (labeling Am.). Here is the latest version of the bill as amended on June 13, 2011. I understand it is scheduled to make another appearance in committee this week.
Here is some of the summarized information on the bill:
“Existing law requires the State Department of Public Health to enforce various provisions of existing law regarding the manufacture, blending, production, and sale of olive oil. Existing law makes the violation of these provisions a crime. Existing law defines olive oil to mean the edible oil obtained solely from the fruit of the olive tree to the exclusion of oils obtained using solvents or reesterification processes and of any mixture with oils derived of
other kinds except in the making of flavored olive oil. Existing law also defines olive oil grades and provides that olive oil grades are to be in a specified order.
This bill would revise the definitions of olive oil and grades of olive oil and olive-pomace oil, as specified. It would require lampante virgin olive oil and crude olive-pomace oil to be refined before consumption. By changing the definition of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.”
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