That is exactly what I was wondering, WhiteRock.
Steph, I'm glad I asked this (even if you all are sick of my obsessing, lol)! I actually hadn't even considered that you would be able to answer regarding industry standards and law, etc, of course! So everything you have told me, so far, only reinforces that this product seems, to me, identical to the Nutiva and Mountain Rose Herb (and other) XV CO I was using previous.
Regarding the grey icky stuff:
I found this several months after opening my yellow container, allowing it to liquify in a sinkful of warm water (sealed, of course), and pouring into my Mountain Rose gallon bucket. I had actually warmed 2 of the yellow gallons I received, and poured all of one and some of another into the bucket, along with another container or two (the idea being, I typically scoop our (solid) oil, and pouring is never convenient (our home is almost never that warm, being in MI.)
Everything was fine....but as I opened the MR bucket the final time, to retreive the final amount of solid oil, when I warmed it (to pour into a smaller container - too much warming??) once it was liquid grey stringy icky things were floating around in it.
They had not been apparent when the oil was solid......nor was there any grey in the solid chunk that had not liquified.
My theory is that perhaps some dust or mold or something - had collected on the interior walls of the almost empty (covered) bucket.....I wasn't terribly concerned about it, because it seems that anything that sits for so long will gather something on it, lol.....and I know CO is antibacterial/fungal.