What is the OOCC?
Research shows that consumers are confused by olive oil labels. The OOCC was created and is funded by California olive oil farmers who are striving to provide a better product for consumers and who wish to promote clear, simple and accurate labeling of California olive oil. Their goal is to help consumers make more informed purchase choices when it comes to the health and flavor of their olive oil.
Under the OOCC program, labels on California olive oil must provide a clear indication of the quality grade. For example, California olive oil labels must specifically distinguish natural olive oil from industrial refined oils. The OOCC has implemented a mandatory process for verifying the quality and purity of their members’ products through a government sampling program and third-party sensory and chemistry analysis.
Learn more about Olive Oil Commission of California Grades, Standards and Sampling.
About the Commission Law
In California, farmers are allowed to establish entities known as Commissions to conduct authorized activities under the California Food and Agricultural Code, Chapter 29 of Part 2, Division 22. The law creating the Olive Oil Commission of California was established through Senate Bill 250. The OOCC was approved by a vote of qualifying industry members and became effective March 24, 2014. The OOCC is a California government entity operating under authority provided in the California Food and Agriculture Code.
Who is Subject to OOCC Regulations?
California olive oil producers who process more than 5,000 gallons of olive oil during the marketing season are subject to OOCC requirements. California olive oil handlers who meet the above criteria are responsible for collecting and remitting assessments to the OOCC.
All activities of the OOCC are conducted by a Board of Directors elected by Olive Oil Commission of California members. The OOCC Board of Directors is comprised of six producer members, three handler members and one public member. The OOCC has also established an Advisory Committee composed of producers whose output is fewer than 5,000 gallons per year to ensure the interests of smaller farmers and processors are considered.
Olive Oil Commission of California Board Members
|District 1||Adam Englehardt, Boundary Bend Olives||Gregg Kelley, California Olive Ranch|
|Larry Maben, Maben Family LLC||Mayo Ryan, California Olive Ranch|
|District 2||John Williams, Cal Ag Properties LLC||Blair Voelz, SB Voelz Farming|
|Samantha Dorsey, McEvoy of Marin LLC||Deborah Rogers, McEvoy of Marin LLC|
|District 3||Jeff Colombini,* Lodi Farming||Pat Ricchiuti, P-R Farms, Inc.|
|Richard Marchini, Marchini Ag||Rolland Rosenthal, Cal Rose, Inc.|
|District 1||Jim Lipman, California Olive Ranch||Brendon Flynn, Pacific Sun Gourmet|
|District 2||Jim Etters, Seka Hills Olive Mill||Ciriaco Chavez, Boundary Bend Olives|
|District 3||Brady Whitlow, Corto Olive LP||Vincent Ricchiuti, ENZO Olive Oil Company|
Bruce Golino, Santa Cruz Olive Tree Nursery
Kathryn Tomajan, Eat Retreat
Philip Asquith, Ojai Olive Oil Company – Ojai, CA
Lillian Dickson**, Dickson Napa Ranch – Napa, CA
Eric Halverson, Halverson Ranch – Wallace, CA
Albert Katz*, KATZ – Suisun Valley, CA
Jan de Luz, Leplus, Inc. – Carmel Valley, CA
Bob Roos, Homestead Olive Ranch – Templeton, CA
Ronald Sbragia, Collina di Mela – Placerville, CA