On March 1, 2014, Royal Decree 895/2013 of November 15 entered into force, which prohibited the use of refillable oil cans in the Hospitality and Restoration Channel. Almost two years after its entry into force, its compliance is far from what was expected. And this is what the cooperative producer sector and agrarian organizations such as Asaja have been denouncing in recent months and even the Andalusian Government itself has recognized it in public.

The Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ricardo Domínguez García Baquero, said during his presence at the X Conference of Alcuza that "on the subject of non-refillable caps of the oil companies there has been some relaxation and we must be more demanding." The high prices of olive oil in recent months, with an average increase in price of 50% compared to those of spring 2014 in certain months of 2015, have further favored its non-compliance.
Weeks ago, Cooperativas Agroalimentarias de Andalucía, which groups and represents the large Andalusian oil producing groups such as Dcoop, Jaencoop and Olivar de Segura among others, assured that “when two years have passed since the publication of Royal Decree 895/2013, for the one that prohibited the use of refillable oilers in the HORECA channel (hospitality and restaurant), the sector wants to draw attention to the fact that, while some establishments not only comply with the regulations but are helping to spread the culture of oil Others, on the other hand, continue without complying with the provisions of the law. ”

And they do not hesitate to point out that this is a more widespread practice than usual. "Although the controls carried out by the Administration ensure that the breach is at minimum values, the Olive Oil Sector Council assures that it has checked on the spot and has received information on numerous places where the containers do not comply with the standard, which means a legal infringement, a detriment to the interests of consumers and a threat to the image of quality olive oils, which must be corrected by intensifying the inspections, ”say Cooperatives. In its day, the so-called Sustainable Restaurants Association recommended to its associates how to avoid the Law by mixing olive oils with condiments such as garlic, chillies or aromatics, showing with labels that it was a dressing and not olive oil itself. Many establishments do not even resort to this trick. And nobody prevents it.











It is already widely accepted that the Mediterranean diet and olive oil, its main component, are healthy. But until now, no one had scientifically measured their benefits through a randomized study. This study, coordinated by the University of Navarra and the Biomedical Research Centre on the Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition, which was published yesterday, concluded that just four tablespoons of olive oil per day reduce the risk of breast cancer by two thirds.

"The studies conducted prior to this were based on observation. This is the first study that offers highly-scientific results after an average follow-up time of 4.8 years in a sample with 4,282 women," explained Professor of Preventative Medicine and Public Health, Miguel Angel Martínez-González, coordinator of the study and researcher at the Navarra Health Research Institute.

Source: El Confidencial




Research conducted by the University of Zaragoza has shown how a diet enriched with liquid gold can improve motor and muscular function and prolong the lives of rats with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

A research study conducted on rats affected by amyotrophic lateral disease (ALS), a degenerative neuromuscular disease, showed that after consuming a diet enriched with extra-virgin olive oil, rich in unsaturated fatty acids, the rats' motor and muscular function improved and they lived longer.

According to a press release published by the University of Zaragoza, this study is at the core of the doctoral thesis titled "Alteración de la autofagia y su modulación por una dieta rica en lípidos en un modelo murino de Esclerosis Lateral Amiotrófica (Alteration of autophagy and its modulation through a diet rich in lipids in the murine model of Amyotrophic Lateral Disease)", conducted by the research group at the University’s Genetic Biochemistry Lab (Lagengio).

Source: ABC




The results of the Prevention Study with the Mediterranean Diet (PREDIMED), published by The New England Journal of Medicine, confirms that the Mediterranean diet enriched with nuts and extra virgin olive oil reduces the risk of myocardial infarction, stroke or death due to cardiovascular causes by 30%. The study was coordinated by the researcher Ramon Estruch, of the University of Barcelona's Medical School, and by the Clinical Hospital and centres affiliated with the University of Barcelona's Health Campus (HUBc). It also included the participation of Professor Rosa M. Lamuela and her team from the Natural Antioxidant Research Group, of the Pharmacy School, located on the internationally renowned Barcelona Knowledge Campus (BKC). This group was responsible for determining the effects of the Mediterranean diet on biomarkers.

The study is part of the PREDIMED project, a multi-centre clinical trial carried out between 2003 and 2011 that evaluated the efficacy of the Mediterranean diet in the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases. The clinical trial was financed by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III through thematic cooperative research networks (RETIC RD06/0045) and through the Biomedical Research Centre on the Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn).

This nutritional intervention study included 7,447 people at high vascular risk that were randomly divided into three groups: Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, Mediterranean diet enriched with nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds), and diet low in all types of fats (animal and vegetable). Throughout the study, the participants assigned to each one of the two Mediterranean diet groups were given free extra-virgin olive oil (one litre per week) or nuts (30 grams per day: 15 grams of walnuts, 7.5 grams of almonds and 7.5 grams of hazelnuts). After five years of follow-up, it was shown that the participants from the two Mediterranean diet groups presented a lower frequency of myocardial infarction, stroke and death due to cardiovascular causes than the control group. This aims to prevent fraud, guaranteeing the maximum quality of the product, and also to improve the general image of Spanish olive oil and the competitiveness of Spanish products and companies. This regulation is set out within the Action Plan for the EU Olive Oil Sector, which pursues the same objectives at the international level.

According to the researchers, the results of the PREDIMED study are of great importance, given that they show that a diet high in vegetable fat is more heart-healthy than a diet that is low in this kind of fat. The authors state that, up until now, this has been a controversial issue, and that the study provides new scientific data to dismiss the idea that it is necessary to reduce the fat in our diets in order to have better cardiovascular health.

Source: Universidad de Barcelona