Special Session

Session title: OLEUM session
Session date: Wednesday 13 November 2019, 10:30 - 12:40

The overall objective of the OLEUM project is to better guarantee olive oil quality and authenticity by empowering detection and fostering prevention of olive oil fraud. This overall objective is supported by 3 strategic objectives:

  • To develop new and/or improved analytical methods for assuring the quality and authenticity of olive oil.
  • To develop the OLEUM databank - an online integrated quality assurance database of olive oil analytical methods and data related to chemical and organoleptic characteristics (e.g. related to the sensory experience such as taste, odour, texture).
  • To develop and support a worldwide community of proficient analytical laboratories involved in the analysis of olive oil, thus establishing a wide OLEUM Network. 

As part of the OLEUM project, a dedicated OLEUM Network has been created with the aim to enlarge the international body of expertise in the analysis of olive oils, by congregating a wide user community of laboratories and related stakeholders’ active in the analysis and authentication of olive oil. The OLEUM Network will engage with all stakeholders from the olive oil sector explaining how the methods developed in the project can counter fraud and improve the quality of olive oil.

The aim of this special session at the 33rd EFFoST International conference is to highlight the need for this olive oil network and discuss strategies for strengthening, promoting and sustaining the OLEUM Network. The program of the session will include six lectures followed by a panel discussion.

Workshop session chaired by Dr. Enrico Valli, Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna

10:30 - 10:40

OLEUM: advancements and objectives of the OLEUM Network
Prof. Tullia Gallina Toschi, Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna

10:40 - 11:00

Strategy of the full validation process of the OLEUM analytical methods
Prof. Paul Brereton, Queen’s University Belfast

11:00 - 11:20

Quality and authenticity of the olive oils in EU
Ariane Vander Stappen, European Commission - DG AGRI

11:20 - 11:40

Safety of the olive oils in EU
Anna Mlynarczyk, EU FFN Team

11:40 - 12:00

Olive oil quality and authenticity in a global framework. The loop with the ISO Committee on fats and oils
Dr. Paul Miller, Paul Miller and Associates

12:00 - 12:20

AOAC International and OLEUM: interactions towards the validation of targeted and untargeted methods for the quality and authenticity of olive oils
Dr. Palmer A. Orlandi Jr., AOAC International

12:20 - 12:40

Discussion “What global network is needed for olive oil? The future of the OLEUM Network”- Panel with all speakers and wrap-up of the session
Coordinated by Prof. Tullia Gallina Toschi and Prof. Paul Brereton.

Supporting Publications
Administration by
  • Anuga
  • Cargill