TESTING LABORATORY

The best and most sophisticated
equipment and instruments
available today

TEST PANEL

Fiorentini Firenze has a
CRA-OLI certified in-house
test panel

CERTIFICATIONS

Fiorentini Firenze certified
production, control and
quality systems

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CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF THE OIL

The laboratory’s main processes consist of chemical analyses carried out on samples of oil to be purchased (information samples received from the company’s various suppliers), of oil purchased to be unloaded (comparison between the analyses of the sample purchased and the goods supplied), of oil ready to be loaded for the client (issuing of analysis certificate for the client) and oils stored in the warehouse in order to follow the evolution of certain parameters that change over time (UV spectrophotometry, peroxides, pyropheophytin A).

CHEMICAL ANALYSES

The main parameters of Commission Regulation (EEC) no. 2568/91 are verified (acidity, spectrum, peroxides, ethyl esters…). As soon as the tanker carrying one of the oils selected arrives at FIORENTINI, samples are taken for chemical and organoleptic analyses.

ORGANOLEPTIC ANALYSES

In this phase the absence of defects is assessed, as well as the positive qualities which distinguish that particular oil (intensity of bitterness and spiciness, intensity of the odor with respect to the taste and vice versa, grass, almond, tomato fragrances etc.).

TEST PANEL

The Test Panel comprises a group of suitably trained persons who are prepared to taste virgin olive oils. It is their duty to evaluate and certify the organoleptic features of the oils (merits and defects): flavor, color, odor and appearance. It is an objective method that uses human sensory organs which, according to certified studies, act like real measuring instruments.

FIORENTINI FIRENZE has a CRA-OLI recognized in-house test panel consisting of a chairman and 8 panelists who are registered on the list of olive oil tasters according to the provisions of Commission Regulation (EEC) no. 2568/91. The test panel works in such a way that each tester expresses his/her opinion of the sensory features of the oil independently of the others. At the conclusion of the tests, each taster fills out a form and expresses an opinion on the presence and intensity of the positive qualities (fruity, bitter, spicy) and any defects (rancid, moldy, fusty, winey, metallic, etc., see below). The test panel analyses are carried out on our products and during processing. The test panel also checks the stability of our products on supermarket shelves to guarantee that they have not been “mistreated” during shipping and storage.

CERTIFICATIONS

A certified quality system means that: we have rules, we have established quality standards for our products, we have a monitoring system for our production chain (document management, purchases, production-, marketing-, personnel-, customer service-, logistics- and control-procedures) according to international standards. These are all formalized in a quality system (manuals, procedures, record-keeping forms) and the documents are available to the certifying agency and all our clients during the audit phase (inspections).

ORTHODOX UNION

Kosher Certification

Custom AEO Certification

Packaging PGI Tuscan Olive Oil

CUSTOM AEO CERTIFICATION

Customs/Safety Simplification (AEOF)

ISO 9001:2008

Quality Management Systems

British Retail Consortium

Health and Safety of Private Label Agro-Food Products

International Food Standard

Health and Safety of Private Label Agro-Food Products

BIO

Production and Packaging of Organic Products

FDA

Bioterrorism Act and Food Safety Modernization Act

BIO NOP/USDA

National Organic Program

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