CT is first state to set olive oil standards

Posted by Melissa Greathouse - email

HARTFORD, CT (NBC) - The Nutmeg State is the first state in the union to set standards for olive oil.

Officials with Connecticut's Department of Consumer Protection made the announcement Friday after receiving complaints of customers experiencing allergic reactions to olive oil.

In a press conference Connecticut's Lieutenant Governor said large amounts of soybean, hazel nut, and "peanut oil" were found in samples of olive oil which can be hazardous to people with allergies.

"The product being sold as 100 percent olive oil was not truly 100 percent," said Lt. Gov Michael Fedele. "In some cases it was 90 percent nut oil and 10 percent olive oil, so we felt that it was very important for public safety to make sure that the consumer was truly buying the product they want."

The new regulations define virgin olive oil as "those oils obtained from the fruit of the olive tree by mechanical or other physical means."

According to the new standards no additives are permitted in virgin olive oils sold in the state of Connecticut