On June 30, 2017, the Food Packaging Forum (FPF) published two articles on mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOHs). The summary article provides an overview of the most relevant issues regarding MOHs and their presence in food, while the dossier article offers more detailed background information including many references.

MOHs are regularly detected at high levels in food. Food contact materials (FCMs) contribute to this contamination because MOHs have many different functions during the manufacture of FCMs and the processing of food. Additionally, recycled paper and board are another, non-intentional source because MOHs originating from mineral-oil-based printing inks are often not efficiently removed during recycling. The introduction of functional barriers is one option to decrease the migration of MOHs from FCMs into food.

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FPF (June 30, 2017). “Mineral oil hydrocarbons.


FPF dossier (June 30, 2017). “Mineral oil hydrocarbons.” DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.820984 (pdf)