Wa olive producers welcome new industry standards, to protect their health and preserve their identity
In the years since the introduction of the European Union’s “right to roam” legislation, olive grower and farmer groups have taken their fight for olive oil to Washington DC’s National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
Last week, with a new law passed by Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many producers are starting to fear a new wave of regulations might just be on the horizon.
“I believem 카지노 that what [the new law] aims to do is create much-needed consistency in olive oil that will allow farmers to continue to sell as good a product as possible,” says Frank Atencio, president of Cattlemen’s Beef.
“I’m really very pleased because we know this law is going to provide for quality control,” says Paul Reuvenman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFA).
With the help of the EPA, the law allows producers to choose the olive oil on their crop. But it was meant to be more generous than the current system.
The new law says growers can choose oils they can be sure will be safe, but it also says processors must meet strict testing standards for food additive residues before they can ship olive oil.
“We understand this comes at a time of high concern over potential food safety threats from genetically modified organisms (GMOs),” says Atencio. “We have long advocated this measure and look forward to providing input as구리출장샵 this process develops.”
Eliminating risk, or at least delaying it, means olive oil companies won’t have to spend the money to buy new oils, says Reuvenman.
“The bill allows olive oil producers to maintain current blends in compliance with industry practice standards, which makes this an investment that 로얄카지노will allow these markets to continue to flourish and to continue being a significant source of income for these local farmers and ranchers,” he says.
A new law allowing olive oil to be tested is just the latest step in the drive to improve U.S. olive oil standards. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Olive Oil Certification received more than 300 requests from member companies for testing. And the USDA has a $5.5 million grant for the olive oil industry to conduct tests across the country.
To date, more than 200 member companies have submitted requests for testing. Those requests can be found here.
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