Storing olive oil in plastic containers could become a thing of the past if the Australian olive oil industry wants to successfully export to China. Chinese authorities have a problem with plastics tainting the oil and they’re prepared to destroy consignments or send them back to Australia if tests prove positive…Full Article: ABC Rural Feb 2014

Key points

  • According to a representative from the Australian Olive Association, China is especially checking for DEHP plasticizer in the oil. DEHP or Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate is soluble in oil (not water) and is used for making PVC (Polyvinyl chloride, a type of plastic) soft and pliable.
  • The representative also noted that Aussie olive oil prices on the domestic market ranges from AU$5-$10 per bottle, while it can be sold for AU$15 per bottle in higher income areas of China

ChinaAg Comments

  • In April 2013, China was concerned that plastic wrap used by domestic supermarkets to wrap meat and vegetables contained plasticizers.
  • In November 2012, China’s Baijiu (sorghum liquor) industry suffered financially after excessive levels of plasticizers was found in a sample manufactured by Jiugui Liquor Co.

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