The Greek government has warned of a potential European Union (EU) olive oil glut, calling on the European Commission to postpone a planned low or zero duty import quota.

Greece, plus Italy, Spain, Cyprus and Slovenia warned the EU Council of Ministers of strong 2005 European production, because of excellent climate conditions, with Rome predicting two million tonnes-plus yields.

The Commission said an olive oil advisory group would meet 7 November to consider the problem.

Meanwhile, France raised concerns that shallots were being sold in the EU grown from seeds, instead of bulbs. The French called for the filling of a "legal vacuum" regarding an EU shallot definition.