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Israeli list of fraudulent olive oils

December 18, 2016: The Israeli Chief Rabbinate has published a list of products claiming to be olive oil that have fraudulent heckshers.

Jerusalem Kosher News has the following translation of what is in the notice:
"Following is a list furnished by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel National Kashrut Division exhibiting photos of olive oils that found to present bogus hechsherim or using a legitimate hechsher without authorization. It is pointed out that such products often present many problems including; orla, shmitah produce, unauthorized ingredients, kashrus for Pesach and contain non-kosher ingredients (additives used in addition to the oils, which are often not olive exclusively).
These bogus olive oils are often detected by their price, selling for NIS 10- NIS 20 a liter, way too inexpensive. " The following link will take you to a Israel Ministry of Health page, showing oils labeled “olive oil” that are not pure olive oil.
"In the case of the above oils, the hechsher is usually not legitimate either since a mashgiach watching a run will make sure of the ingredients entering the bottles, which in this case is something other than indicated on the label."
"Rabbonim who advise me explain if one can, best to buy from large stores like supermarkets, as they usually make purchases through authorized buyers and it is considerably more difficult to get these prohibited oils into such stores as opposed to small grocery stores and vendors at the shuk."

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