21 Nov

Connecticut Now Requires Listing Any Additives in Olive Oil

By Anne M. Hamilton,

The stock market may be tanking, jobs are disappearing and the state budget is hundreds of millions in the red, but at least our olive oil will be safe.

Prompted by a complaint from a Norwalk importer, the state Department of Consumer Protection has enacted regulations guarding the purity of olive oil, making Connecticut the first state to do so.

Lucian Sclafani, president of a 97-year old company that bears his name, complained to the state after finding an olive oil selling far below market prices. Sclafani had it tested and found one brand he declined to name contained 90 percent soybean oil. Its label said “100 pure extra virgin olive oil.”

“The real issue is a health issue for people who can’t eat soybeans,” Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell Jr. said Thursday. “If you have a child with a soy allergy, this isn’t being disclosed. There’s no way for the consumer to tell.”

It seems that false claims about olive oil purity are not directly addressed by either the federal or state governments. After the consumer protection department ran its own tests, it proposed regulations to ensure purity standards.

Soybean oil was selling at a unit price of $10 a gallon in a Shaw’s supermarket Thursday, while imported Colavita brand extra virgin olive oil was $102.50 a gallon.

“That’s why they are trying to doctor it,” Farrell said.

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