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Can also mix it with even cheaper vegetable oils, soybean, sunflower, and so on. So that's the illegal fraud. That's fraud fraud. Then there's legal fraud where you have a label which says, the ancient millstones or, you know, some Italian sounding name, which has absolutely nothing to do with Italy. The olives were grown somewhere. In southern Spain, on North Africa. And then sold as fake Italian. For a lot more money. Then there's a product called extra light olive oil. That's actually illegal in Europe, but you can buy it in the states. It sounds like low calorie olive oil, right? But guess what? It's the same a 120 calories per tablespoon. As all the other, it just doesn't have any flavor. And it doesn't have any color. And because it has been processed in a refiner, it's been refined. It sounds so good, except that it just means devoid of good stuff. And it's an open swindle. So those are the legal frauds. Not only is this extra light olive oil fraudulent, but it's tasteless. And once again, not good for you. By making it extra light, the company's first of all are probably using crab oil to start with, and then like Tom says, they're removing any of the beneficial compounds. So how can you make sure you're not being cheated? That's coming up after the break. So how common is olive oil fraud, both the fraud fraud and the legal fraud? The truth is, it's hard to know. Unsurprisingly, most of it goes undetected. In 2010, UC Davis did a survey of 14 different brands of imported extra virgin olive oils on California supermarket shelves, and they found that more than two thirds of them were actually not extra virgin quality at all. In February of this year, Italian authorities arrested 33 suspects from a Calabrian mafia clan. They were, among other things, allegedly exporting fake extra virgin olive oil. They were importing super low grade crap oil, cleaning it with chemical solvents, and labeling it as extra virgin and exporting it to the U.S.. There's a lot of money to be made in this. High quality olive oil can sell for 50 bucks a gallon, while the fake stuff costs only $7 to make. Tom Mueller told us that the profit margin can be higher than selling cocaine. Olive oil

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