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Determining mineral oil hydrocarbons in foodstuffs and packaging using LC-GC-FID

The Institut Kirchhoff Berlin GmbH analysed 3,500 samples, of which 400 were samples of packaging material, in respect of mineral oil hydrocarbon content. In many foodstuffs, background levels of mineral oil hydrocarbons were determined.

Determining mineral oil hydrocarbons in foodstuffs and packaging using LC-GC-FID

The second draft of the 22nd publication for amending the Consumer Goods Ordinance (Mineral Oil Ordinance) specifies that aromatic hydrocarbons with a chain length of C10 to C25 must not be detected in food utensils manufactured using processes containing recycled paper material. According to the BfR (German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment), the intake of aromatic hydrocarbons should be entirely avoided, as it cannot be ruled out that aromatic compounds in the MOAH fraction could cause cancer. The Institut Kirchhoff Berlin has already analysed more than 3,500 samples, of which about 400 samples were of packaging material. Up to 60 mg/kg mineral oil hydrocarbons were detected in packaged foods. In many foodstuffs, background levels of mineral oil hydrocarbons were determined.

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