In an article published on October 5, 2016 the non-profit organization Foodwatch reports that two French retailers, E.Leclerc and Lidl France, have announced their plans to tackle mineral oil residues in their own-brand food products. E.Leclerc wants to ensure that no detectable amounts of mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) are present in food by mid 2017. Further, E.Leclerc wants to introduce limit values for mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH). Lidl France plans similar action regarding MOAH for its French and Belgian supermarkets.
In October 2015, Foodwatch published a study showing that many dry food products from Germany, France, and the Netherlands contained MOSH and MOAH (FPF reported).
Foodwatch (October 5, 2016). “Erfolg in Frankreich: Lidl und E.Leclerc wollen mineralölfreie Lebensmittel.” (in German)
Foodwatch (October 4, 2016). “Et de deux ! Lidl s’engage auprès de foodwatch à éliminer les hydrocarbures aromatiques des aliments.” (in French)
Foodwatch (Septembre 29, 2016). “Aliments contaminés aux hydrocarbures : E.Leclerc s’engage.” (in French)
Oliver Nieburg (October 18, 2016). “Oil spills: How to combat mineral oils in chocolate.” Confectionery News