The Civil Guard arrested three people and investigated two others for crimes against public health, fraud and against the market and consumers, all allegedly members of a group that was dismantled in Mairena del Alcor (Seville ) where 6,400 liters of low quality were seized. oil blends sold as extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).
According to a note from the Seville Command, the investigation of the ‘Helianthus’ operation began thanks to the complaint of a consumer in the Brenes barracks (Seville), where it was revealed how after using two bottles of supposed EVOO in one ka fryer, “a kind of foam” came out abnormally.
The plaintiff also provided an analysis showing that the alleged olive oil is a “fraudulent” mixture of 75% sunflower oil, along with other ingredients.
Seprona agents checked the establishment where the bottles were bought and found out how all stocks of that brand had been sold, even though another oil from the same company was being sold.
The guards took these stocks and proceeded to analyze them, which made it possible to determine that they were another mixture of seed oils with a type of olive oil base.
Thanks to this, around 7:30 pm on December 4, a search was made in a warehouse in Mairena del Alcor, where, in a “secret” way, vegetable oils were mixed with other low quality olive oils to sell it. like EVOO.
Inside it, the agents found several thousand liter tanks whose end was a “powerful mixer” linked to a delivery system of 5-liter bottles used to distribute- approx.
In addition, they found empty green plastic bottles, such as several liters, labels of different brands, some invented and others copied, closure caps and a total of 4,000 liters of oils of “uncertain origin” in tanks and a total of 900 liters of supposed EVOO are palletized and ready for distribution.
Then, thanks to the collaboration of Seprona in Seville, Cádiz and Huelva, as well as the Food Quality Service of the Delegation of Agriculture, the veterinary inspection services of the Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs of the Government of Andalusia and the City Council right from Seville, about 6,400 liters of what is believed to be EVOO distributed among several brands were seized.
As explained by the armed institute, the prisoners created a “fictitious or real” health register and used a “company name with an olive tradition” to stock the oils in seed or low quality oils which in most cases require refining. , to “add nuances of olive, and blend it.”
Then they created “appealing labels for the consumer” to offer the ingredients at prices “well below market value.”