You probably don't put much thought into the ingredients of certain food products you've been using forever. Who can blame you? Realistically, once we're comfortable using a certain condiment in our food, not much attention is paid to its brand, ingredients, origin, etc.
TL;DR The CFIA is searching for cases of potential olive oil fraud after Europe's poor olive season. Olive oil may be cut with cheaper oils, such as peanut, which could lead to health concerns. There is no evidence as of yet of cut olive oils. More details below.
Well, you might want to start paying more attention, Canada.
One food item that should require particular attention is olive oil. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is telling Canadians that, due to a poor olive harvest in Europe, there is potential for the distribution of fake olive oil across the country.
There is no evidence of cut olive oils. But the CFIA is concerned that European olive oils on the shelves could be mixed with other, cheaper oils to save money and push more product.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is most concerned that the olive oil is being cut with peanut oil, which could become deadly if anyone with a peanut or nut allergy used the oil. The agency is launching a special investigation.
Samples of olive oil will be sent to the CFIA from across the country for testing, according to the CBC. The CFIA can then force producers of tainted oils to adjust their labelling or order a recall.
This has clearly been an ongoing issue. The CFIA page relating to olive oil compliance dates to 2016. Read more about the CFIA's work to identify fake oils here.
Stay tuned for updates on this investigation.