Existing law makes it unlawful to produce, process, sell, offer to sell, or possess olive oil that indicates on its label âCalifornia Olive Oil,â or uses similar words to indicate that California is the source of the oil, unless 100% of that oil is derived from olives grown in California. Existing law also requires that olive oil produced, processed, sold, offered for sale, given away, or possessed in California, that indicates on its label that it is from a specific region of California, be made of oil at least 85% of which, by weight, is derived from olives grown in that region. Existing law makes the violation of these provisions a misdemeanor.
This bill would instead prohibit the representation on the label any reference to California or any other representation on the principal display panel of any container of olive oil that all of the olives used to produce the olive oil were grown in California, including the terms âCalifornia olive oil,â âCalifornia olives,â or something substantially similar, unless all of the olives used to produce the olive oil were grown in California.
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