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A Tale of Sicilian Mobsters and Olive Oil

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A Tale of Sicilian Mobsters and Olive Oil

Grayson Sakell, Writer

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Olive oil is used around the world for a multitude of kitchen tasks. However, a little known fact is the truth of how olive oil is made. Sicily, a primary producer of the olive oil widely sold throughout the United States and the rest of the world is suffering from an ever-growing rate of food crimes. The most relevant of these crimes is the consequence of the Mafia’s alleged influence over the olive oil made in Sicily. This issue was covered majorly by 60 Minutes in 2016 and has stirred anger and denial from major olive oil companies in Italy. Is this genuine indigence or an attempt to protect their unlawful acts?

While the issue may not seem important at first, olive oil is a very widely sold product. This means that millions of bottles of low-quality olive oil are being passed off as high-quality olive oil. In an experiment done by the Italian authorities, it was discovered that some brands of olive oil are just vials of, “odorless sunflower oil mixed with chlorophyll.” Also, the involvement of the Mafia in Italian food crimes raises the question of how much blood was spilled and how many people were intimidated to sell that olive oil. In fact, “the top-selling brand in the United States is Bertolli, which is the subject of a high-profile fraud investigation and multiple class action lawsuits.” It’s truly shocking how even the most trusted an stop-selling brands of olive oil are subject to the influence and intimidation of the Mob. However, as bleak as it may look for olive oil at the moment, the Italian law-enforcement is constantly investigating and making progress in the fight to restore the free sale of Italian olive oil products.

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  1. Declan Halos on February 15th, 2018 8:58 am

    Love the article, never knew something as simple as olive oil could grab attention like this. Great use of suspenseful diction.

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