Mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOHs) are used during the production of many different food contact materials, but they are also frequent contaminants in packaging made of recycled paper and board. Migration studies revealed that food is regularly contaminated with mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH), the two main groups of MOHs. Biomonitoring experiments also detected high levels in different human tissues.
Italian Institute of Packaging holds 4th International Conference on Food Contact Compliance on September 20-22, 2017 in Baveno, Italy; program and registration now online
Registration now open for Food Packaging Forum webinar on mineral oils in food contact materials to be held on June 30, 2017
EU Commission’s working group on FCMs discusses fluorinated substances in food packaging, supply chain survey, roadmap for evaluating FCM framework regulation, monitoring of mineral oils, Union Measure on printed FCMs
French food safety agency recommends reducing consumer exposure to mineral oils; suggests using MOAH-free printing inks, glues, additives, processing aids in paper and board food packaging but also printed media entering the recycling stream; proposes use of functional barriers
German TV program investigates composition of plastic inner coatings of coffee to go cups; finds samples to contain diisodecyl phthalate and long-chain hydrocarbons
Event program and registration for Food Packaging Forum’s annual workshop now online; live webcast available; register before September 28, 2017!
Food Contact Plastics Seminar highlights NIAS, printing inks, provides regulatory updates
Dutch food safety authority makes risk assessment of Dutch waffles highly contaminated with mineral oils public; pledges more information access and transparency in future risk assessments
Foodwatch criticizes new draft of German mineral oil ordinance; requests lower SML for MOAH, mandatory functional barriers for all paper and board food packaging, strict limit levels for MOSH and MOAH in food