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Spaniards divided over new olive oil ruling

Every morning, cafes in Madrid fill up with people enjoying a typical Spanish breakfast, including pouring olive oil out of a plain glass cruet onto a slice of toasted bread.

The traditional cruet, however, will be replaced by a labelled, sealed and non-reusable bottle or other type of container under stricter oil bottling rules that took effect on Wednesday.

Spain is the world’s largest producer of olive oil. The new regulations were created mainly to improve food hygiene. But oil producers also hope the rules will help them build stronger recognition for their brands and even bolster sales and exports to markets like the US, where Spanish oil has played second fiddle to Italy’s.

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