Interesting comments about "traditional" ways of making coconut oil. I wonder how somebody in Canada can be an expert on coconut oil production?
Here is what Tropical Traditions says about there method:
"8. Since farmers and families make your VCNO, are sanitary conditions in processing a concern?
No. On the contrary, our VCNO receives much more special care and attention than mass-produced machine-made coconut oil could ever receive. Every family approved to sell us VCNO must undergo stringent quality control training and have their home or facilities inspected. We set standards that they must abide by, such as how old the coconuts can be that are used (24 hours after harvesting), the type of coconuts, the instruments used for processing, like graters and presses, etc. Equipment used to produce the oil is dedicated to VCNO production only, and usually provided for by Mt. Banahaw Health Products Corp. Cement floors are used in the production facilities. Therefore the VCNO is completely kosher and clean. In addition, our producers are small family businesses that live in rural areas away from the pollution of the cities, like on Mt. Banahaw. To assure standards are maintained and that only the best quality oil is produced, all producers are organized into groups that are managed by overseers, which in turn are organized into groups that are managed by area managers. So when VCNO is delivered to our warehouse for packaging, it has already been inspected 3 times before final inspection at the warehouse prior to packaging into drums. Laboratory tests have continually confirmed that our traditional methods of testing the oil by sight (clarity), smell, and taste result in a very high quality oil. Some of the standards tested for in commercial oils, such a peroxide value (PV levels have consistently tested at nil or near 0 levels in our oil) , have actually tested better in our VCNO. Moisture levels are consistently around 0.1% and often lower. This is due to the extreme care that is used from the selection of the coconuts used, to the actual making of the oil, and the complete removal of any moisture. We seriously doubt that any other coconut oil on the market has received such personal care, or could claim to have a higher quality or cleaner handling than our VCNO. And our VCNO is now certified organic (see below)."
This is from their FAQ page: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/faq.htm