Olive Oil Maker Settles Bertolli Labeling Suit For $7M

Law360 (April 4, 2018, 4:42 PM EDT) -- The maker of Bertolli olive oil agreed Tuesday in California federal court to pay $7 million and alter its packaging and testing procedures to end a class action alleging misrepresentations about the product’s origin and “extra virgin” quality.

Under the terms of the settlement, Deoleo USA Inc. will not use the allegedly misleading phrase “imported from Italy” from its olive oil bottles unless the products are made only with olives grown and pressed in the country. Deoleo also will implement stricter testing standards for the olive oil to be marketed as “extra virgin,” and shorten the “best by” dates to ensure...

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