A New York food importer wants to stop enforcement of Connecticut’s new standards to protect the purity of olive oil.
Last year food inspectors discovered that some tins labeled “extra virgin olive oil” on sale in Connecticut, were mostly soybean oil mixed with low grade olive-pomace oil. Some tins contained peanut and hazelnut oils, which can be fatal for people with serious food allergies. So the state adopted new regulations that mirror those of International Olive Council in Spain. They create legal definitions for “virgin”, “extra virgin” and “olive-pomace” oil.
Now, Dennis Kangadis of Kangadis Food Incorporated in Hauppauge NY has filed papers in Hartford Superior Court asking for a temporary injunction to prevent the Department of Consumer Protection from enforcing the regulations. He says there’s confusion between federal olive oil guidelines and those adopted by Connecticut. And that, he says, is unfairly affecting his olive oil business. A hearing on the matter is set for July.