Oregano Is Not the First Ingredient in Some Containers of Dried Oregano

This study finds that over one-third of some dried oregano contains other types of leaves
Is Dried Oregano Actually Oregano?

Some dried oregano spices contain less than one-third of oregano leaves.

Dried oregano might not contain that much oregano leaves.

A study published in Which? found that 19 out of 78 samples of dried oregano contained other ingredients — mostly olive and myrtle leaves. These samples only had less than a third of oregano. Chris Elliott, director of the Global Institute for Food Security, noted that some dried oregano samples were made up of 30 to 70 percent olive and myrtle leaves.

These oregano samples were tested from stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Elliott said in the study, “Clearly we have identified a major problem and it may well reflect issues with other herbs and spices that enter the British Isles through complex supply chains. Much better controls are needed to protect the consumer from purchasing heavily contaminated products.”

Other recent cases of alleged food fraud involve seafood and almond milk.

Olive Oil, Milk, and Honey Have Highest Amount of Food FraudProposed Policy Asks the USDA to Require More Specific Names for SeafoodLawsuit Filed Against Blue Diamond Says Almond Milk Is Not Primarily Made with AlmondsFood Fraud Up by 60 Percent, Report Finds

The oregano study results have been shared with the Food Standards Agency. The study was conducted for Which’s Stop Food Fraud campaign.