On February 23, 2019, the “Task Force on Mineral Oil established by the European Union Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials (EURL-FCM),” of the European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC), published a guidance on “sampling and analysis of mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) in food and FCM [food contact materials] in the frame of Recommendation (EU) 2017/84 for the monitoring of mineral oils” (FPF reported).
The guidance targets “all stakeholders involved in the determination of mineral oil hydrocarbons in food and FCM, i.e. food inspectors, official control laboratories, laboratories in industry and laboratories of non-governmental organizations” and aims “to support the generation of reliable results” and “to harmonize reporting standards to EFSA [European Food Safety Authority].”
EURL-FCM (2019). “Guidance on sampling, analysis and data reporting for the monitoring of mineral oil hydrocarbons in food and food contact materials.” doi:10.2760/208879 (pdf)