The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock encourages the adoption of a sensory panel for classifying olive oil in Brazil

Updated Jun 6, 2023
To encourage the creation of new sensory panels for classifying the types of oils offered in the country, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (Mapa) held a technical meeting with representatives of institutions and associations at the Federal Laboratory for Agricultural Defense in Rio Grande do Sul (LFDA -LOL). The meeting sought to encourage other institutions to adopt the methodology that will contribute to the improvement of commercialized olive oil, since Brazil is the second largest importer of olive oil in the world.
Sensory analysis is provided for in Normative Instruction No. 01/2012 and is the only method to determine whether an olive oil is in fact extra virgin or not. The action is complementary to physicochemical laboratory analyzes to confirm the identity and quality of the product. “Today, when the sensory panel of the LFDA-RS indicates a non-compliance in the product, we do not have another panel in Brazil so that the importer can carry out a probative analysis, causing him to send it to Argentina or Uruguay. We need to provide conditions for the importer to analyze it in another panel in our country. The importer wins with the agility of the process, the Map wins by being able to move forward with the inspection work and the consumer wins with the guarantee of consuming a product that is actually stated on the label", points out the director of the Department of Products of Plant Origin of the Map, Hugo Caruso. The sensory panel must be formed by a group of 8 to 12 people trained ...
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