Dr. Oz sued over claims about 'fake' olive oil

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

By: Maria Mercedes Galuppo, Buzz60

Popular daytime TV talk show host Dr. Oz is facing a lawsuit for claiming that the extra virgin imported olive oil sold in the U.S. may be fake.

The North American Olive Oil Association didn't take Dr. Oz's words lightly when he made the claim on his talk show to millions of viewers that 80 percent of the extra virgin olive oil sold in U.S. supermarkets isn't "real."

The suit, filed by the trade group that represents the largest American importers and bottlers, blames Oz for making claims completely unsourced, adding in the past he's recommended products with no proven benefits, yet his "false and careless words have discouraged millions of people from using a product with scientifically demonstrated advantages."

The North American Olive Oil Association's own testing found their samples met and exceeded quality and purity standards.

The Association filed the lawsuit in Georgia and is seeking an unspecified amount in damages and payment for the group's legal fees. Some members of the trade group conduct business in Georgia.

Dr. Oz is no stranger to controversy, a study published in the British Medical Journal found that more than half of his recommendations had no scientific support or contradicted scientific evidence outright.

And just last year A group of 10 prominent doctors called on Columbia University to oust the popular TV doctor from its faculty. A move Dr. Oz fought back against.

RELATED: See photos of Dr. Oz through the years:

30 PHOTOS
Dr. Oz
See Gallery
Dr. Oz
UNITED STATES - JUNE 17: Mehmet Oz, host of the Dr. Oz Show, testifies at a Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee hearing in Russell Building titled 'Protecting Consumers from False and Deceptive Advertising of Weight-Loss Products,' June 17, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: TV Personality Dr. Oz attends z100s Jingle Ball on December 12, 2014 in New York City (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Dr. Mehmet Oz attends the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation's 12th Annual Celebrity Gala at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on November 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Dr. Mahmet Oz attends the 'Fury' New York Premiere at DGA Theater on October 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: (L-R) Singer TamTam, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Noor Altamimi, and Sarah Altamimi attend Bridges Of Understanding's annual 'Building Bridges' award dinner honoring designer Reem Acra with Steven Kolb on October 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Bridges of Understanding Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Dr. Mamet Oz (L) and Zoe Oz attend the 'Fury' New York Premiere at DGA Theater on October 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
THE CHEW - Dr. Mehmet Oz is a guest on 'The Chew,' airing Monday, November 3, 2014. 'The Chew' airs MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Jeff Neira/ABC via Getty Images) DAPHNE OZ, DR. MEHMET OZ
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Dr. Mehmet Oz., Co-founder, HealthCorps, Ms. Jeanie Buss, Co-Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers and NBA Cares Global Ambassador, Dikembe Mutombo at the 2014 Concordia Summit at the Grand Hyatt on September29, 2014 at New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Michael LeBrecht/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Co-founder of HealthCorps, Dr. Mehmet C. Oz speaks onstage at the 2014 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Concordia Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Nicholas Logothetis (L) and co-founder of HealthCorps, Dr. Mehmet Oz speak backstage the 2014 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Dr. Mehmet Oz., Co-founder, HealthCorps, Jeanie Buss, Co-Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers and NBA Cares Global Ambassador, Dikembe Mutombo at the 2014 Concordia Summit at the Grand Hyatt on September29, 2014 at New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Michael LeBrecht/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Dr. Mehmet Oz., Co-founder, HealthCorps, and Jeanie Buss, Co-Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers at the 2014 Concordia Summit at the Grand Hyatt on September29, 2014 at New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Michael LeBrecht/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Concordia Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Nicholas Logothetis (L) and co-founder of HealthCorps, Dr. Mehmet Oz speak backstage the 2014 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 22: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) talks with famous Turkish-American doctor Mehmet Oz (L) during the dinner given in his honor by the deceased Turkish-American businessman Ahmet Ertegun's wife Mica Ertegun in New York, United States on September 22, 2014. Photo by Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Dr. Oz aka Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa Oz attend Day 4 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 17: Mehmet Oz, host of the Dr. Oz Show, testifies at a Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee hearing in Russell Building titled 'Protecting Consumers from False and Deceptive Advertising of Weight-Loss Products,' June 17, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
THE CHEW - 6/4/14 - Dr. Oz cooks with daughter Daphne on the delicious talk show, THE CHEW, airing MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images)
THE CHEW - 6/4/14 - Dr. Oz cooks with daughter Daphne on the delicious talk show, THE CHEW, airing MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: Dr. Oz attends the NYRP 13th annual spring gala at General Grant National Memorial on May 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz attends the TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 most influential people in the world, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: Dr. Oz, Arnold Germer, Bette Midler and Isaac Mizrahi attend the NYRP 13th annual spring gala at General Grant National Memorial on May 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Dr. Mehmet Oz poses backstage at the hit musical 'Rocky' on Broadway at The Winter Garden Theater on April 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz attend The Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People In Media Celebration at The Four Seasons Restaurant on April 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: (L-R) Dr. Mehmet Oz, Gloria Steinem and Lisa Oz attend HealthCorps's 8th Annual Gala at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Dr. Mehmet Oz attends HealthCorps's 8th Annual Gala at The Waldorf Astoria on April 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Dr. Mehmet Oz attends the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 Honors David Heyman at the Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Dr. Mehmet Oz attends the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 Honors David Heyman at the Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Dr. Mehmet Oz speaks at the Clear Channel Media + Entertainment New Yorks FIRST ANNUAL Lifestyle Health & Wellness Expo presented by NY State of Health at Skylight One Hanson in Brooklyn on February 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Dr. Mehmet Oz speaks at the Clear Channel Media + Entertainment New Yorks FIRST ANNUAL Lifestyle Health & Wellness Expo presented by NY State of Health at Skylight One Hanson in Brooklyn on February 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners