This Japanese company has also labeled the water produced by its water ionizers Kangen water claiming it is unique and better that everything else.According to the company, possesses alkaline, antioxidant, and hydrating capabilities.'The real concern in this case is that the oil wouldn't meet the best-before date indicated on the bottle,' he said in a statement.'The link between the producer, transport and the retailer are key to achieving the best-before dates that are forecast by the producer.' While Greek and Italian olive oils are hailed for their quality, there is a reason why these brands may not have come out on top in Australia.'Unlike wine, extra virgin olive oil doesn't improve with age,' CHOICE explained.'Unfortunately, Squeaky Gate is not able to control its product through the distribution chain once sold to a wholesaler or retailer,' a spokesperson said.
The results were also sent to each of the five brands for review.Extra virgin olive oil must also go through sensory and chemical tests, and be checked for potential taste defects, before finding its way onto our plates. Consumer watchdog group CHOICE decided to find out, testing 23 brands commonly found in Australian supermarkets.The olive oils went through a sensory analysis and three different chemical tests using methods approved by the International Olive Council.The defect was found in bottles from both batches of Minos, and in two bottles of the same batch for Minerva - but not in a third bottle from a different batch.After conducting their own tests, a Minerva spokesman concluded the oil met extra virgin requirements at the time of production and that the deviation was likely caused due to the oil being stored in the wrong conditions.'We are fully confident that there is nothing wrong with our products which can definitely maintain their high quality till the best-before date when they are kept under the correct storage conditions,' the spokesman added.