In his written statement, Bayraktar emphasized that the difference in olive oil prices has attracted attention in recent days.
Bayraktar pointed out that the price of 5-liter olive oils under different names varies between 350-500 lira in online sales. “In our last August price study, the producer price of olive oil purchased was 168 lira and the market price was 900 lira. The prices of 5-litre olive oil of publicly known brands are around 900 lira and 1400 lira. While olive oil prices are breaking records in Europe and Turkey due to low production, especially “The fact that the prices of olive oil sold through e-commerce are so low brings to mind imitation and adulteration. Olive oil is produced in Mediterranean countries, stands out due to the functional ingredients it contains, and is one of the foodstuffs most imitated and adulterated.” made his assessment.
Bayraktar pointed out that Ayvalık and Milas olive oils have received EU geographical product registration and that the fight against imitation and adulteration continues in the domestic markets, and said that reducing the prices by applying various tricks due to the high consumer sales prices of olive oil creates major problems in terms of both economy and health.
“Our consumers should purchase their oils from reliable sales points and brands.”
Pointing out that it is not possible for consumers to understand whether the olive oil they buy is fake or not, Bayraktar said:
“Although consumers can evaluate the oil they buy by looking at its color, smell and taste, it can only be understood whether the olive oil is adulterated or not by performing certain laboratory tests. For this reason, our consumers should purchase their oils from reliable sales places and brands. Since the penal actions taken as a result of the inspections are not deterrent, fraud in olive oil cannot be prevented.” “In this case, consumers suffer the most. Consumers often do not even realize that the oil for which they pay 80-100 lira per liter as olive oil is actually cotton oil, canola and safflower oil, which are much cheaper.”
Bayraktar said that the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry should monitor and inspect the products that are sold on the internet and that cannot be determined where they are produced or stocked, and that pose a threat to human health, and that it is important to tighten the inspections and announce those who are penalized to the public.