Yes, I've seen those warnings, too. I don't use EVOO, though. I always buy the regular olive oil which is okay to cook with.
It angers me to see the "100% real olive oil" and those supposedly authentic seals on the containers, too. I've seen some small containers now with incredibly high prices for olive oil... but since they've come out since this scare with the diluted oil, is it a marketing ploy because they expect us to buy it thinking it's real, or is it truly real? I don't know whether to trust our growers here in the US, or to trust the importers. Both have been implicated.
Basically, at this point, I'm using my own rendered bacon and coconut oil. But who knows how long it will be before some greedy marketer finds a way to screw that up, too.
With so many food laws regarding labeling food accurately, tracking where food comes from, and keeping people with food allergies safe, I find it hard to believe that this would be a known thing that is happening that's implicitly ok, with no one policing or stopping it.
Olive Oil has been said to be one of the healthiest oils to use (though not for high heat cooking). I read an article recently that because of this many companies are taking advantage of this (and the people buying olive oil) by putting a small amount (10%) of olive oil in a bottle of canola oil and selling it as Extra Virgin Olive Oil. From the looks of things, I have been one who has bought iinto this fraud, because my bottles are light. The article said to buy your olive oil in dark containers and make sure it says it is EVOO. The light or clear containers allow the oil to lose its nutrients faster. Just thought people might be interested.
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