Workshop finds knowledge gaps around MOH in food

Trends in Food Science & Technology publishes outcome from multistakeholder workshop by International Life Science Institute “to identify knowledge gaps in analytical methods, assessment of exposure, hazard characterization, and risk assessment of mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH);” highlights need for standardization of MOH measurements in food, finds few studies look at packaging material or foods packaged in materials other than paperboard

Updated draft of German mineral oil ordinance

German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture proposes requiring use of a functional barrier in food contact materials containing recycled paper; exemptions can be granted by demonstrating migration below 0.5 mg MOAH/kg food or 0.15 mg MOAH/kg food simulant; comments accepted until November 18, 2020

Critical commentary of mineral oil hydrocarbon study

Scientists from European government agencies publish comment reviewing Nestlé study comparing interlaboratory analytics of mineral oil hydrocarbons

German authorities find mineral oil hydrocarbons in baby formulas

Test results from German Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Offices (CVUA) show quantifiable levels of saturated (MOSH) and aromatic (MOAH) mineral oil hydrocarbons; Food Watch calls for EU-wide limits and no tolerance of MOAH

BfR: Lack of safety data for impurities in unrefined MOAH

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) publishes review article identifying lack of data on carcinogenic potential of less refined mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH), recommends minimizing impurities in food

EFSA risk assessment of MOAH in infant formula

Rapid risk assessment uses data submitted by member states, previous Foodwatch study; finds 95th percentile exposure of 0.8 to 44.6 µg/kg body weight per day; lack of data leads EFSA to conclude possible concern for human health

Mineral oil hydrocarbons assessment guidelines

German Federation of Food Law and Food Science publishes guidelines for assessment of mineral oil hydrocarbon migration from food packaging; aims to support companies in assessing current and alternative packaging to minimize migration

Contamination found in paper straws

Swiss government laboratory tests paper drinking straws purchased from grocery stores and restaurants; finds chloropropanols, mineral oils, photoinitiators

Guidance on mineral oil hydrocarbons

EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre publishes guidance for sampling, analysis, and reporting of monitoring results for mineral oil hydrocarbons in food and food contact materials

Paper and board in contact with food

Paper Technology Foundation” (PTS) expert meeting discusses current trends in paper and board in contact with food