Spartan Oil compares very favorably to the most stringent olive oil standards currently being proposed and adopted throughout the world.
If you do a quick comparison of the UP standards to the 2015 Spartan Oil Chemical Analysis, you'll notice that Spartan Oil blows away all of the standards except for one--free fatty acid, which is commonly referred to as "acidity" in the olive oil world. There are multiple factors that play into acidity measurements, including olive variety and harvest time. Spartan Oil includes several olive varieties, including some which have a naturally higher acidity, especially as the harvest season reaches the latter stages. This is not an indicator of a lower quality oil. As a matter of fact, the peroxide and UV absorbance measurements, which are indicators of rancidity, show that Spartan Oil is an exceptionally fresh and high-quality oil.
Here's a quick comparison chart:
|Standard||IOC Limit||UP Limit||Spartan Oil|
|Free Fatty Acid (% oleic acid)||< 0.8||< 0.3||0.37|
|Peroxides||< 20||< 9||4.22|
|UV Absorbance (K232)||< 2.5||< 2.0||1.697|
|UV Absorbance (K270)||< 0.22||< 0.20||0.132|