Importers Call NYT Piece ‘Defamatory’, Mueller ‘Dismayed’

Jan 30, 2014 1033

by Curtis Cord

A trade group of American olive oil importers blasted the New York Times for what it called a "defamatory and inaccurate" piece on olive oil adulteration in Italy. And Extra Virginity author Tom Mueller said he was "dismayed" that he was cited as the source of the article.

In a letter to the New York Times Public Editor, Eryn Balch, executive vice president of the North American Olive Oil Association, wrote: "I'm shocked by this defamatory piece about Italian olive oil adulteration. This piece is riddled with false statements presented as though they are fact."

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