This action has been taken in the wake of a decision by the Spanish government to ban the sale of this oil on food safety grounds. They found levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in this oil 60 times higher than normally found as contamination in UK vegetable oils. PAHs are widespread environmental pollutants that include chemicals that may cause cancer.
Environmental health officers will be checking all premises that might handle this product to ensure that it is withdrawn from sale. Anyone who has any Spanish olive pomace oil at home should not use it. Instead, they should dispose of the container in their refuse bin.
Anyone requiring further information on this should contact the Food Standards Agency on 0845 000 0048. Information is also available via the Food Standards Agency's website.
This action specifically relates to Spanish olive pomace oil. It does not apply to any other types of olive oil, or to olive pomace oil from other countries such as Greece or Italy.