The prosecutor’s office in Rome is conducting an investigation into adulterated olive oil, allegedly used by 50 restaurants in Rome.

According to the evidence so far, it is a seed oil with chlorophyll and beta-carotene, which was allegedly used by restaurants located in the historic center of Rome, mainly in the area of ​​the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain.

The investigation has also extended to Lower Italy, in Puglia, where there is an undeclared producer who, according to the press, is responsible for the adulteration. The “monkey olive oil” was available for €3 a litre, compared to its regular price of €9, and there are strong suspicions that several restaurant owners knew it was actually colored seed oil.

The bottles were labeled “pure virgin olive oil of Italian production” and the whole scam allegedly sold large quantities of seed oil, probably tens of tons.

It is not the first time it has happened and, according to experts, it is very likely that the Italian mafia is also involved in this process, which, in this way, “launders” a part of its illegal profits.