Mineral oil

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What is the issue (MOSH/MOAH)?

During the past years, Mineral Oil Saturated Hydrocarbons (MOSH) and Mineral Oil Aromatic Hydrocarbons (MOAH) have been criticised as a potential hazard to human health.

Migration is a complex process and is not only linked to the concentration of substances, also other chemical parameters are important (polarity/chemical chain length), storage temperature, food contact time, etc.

Foodstuffs stored in cold environments have shown a limited migration risk. Shorter contact time is also considered with lower risk, compared to longer storage. Substances with high molecular weight (long chains) usually show lower migration and thus have lower risks.


Link to Food Standards Agency report

Link to European Food Safety Authority report

Link to EU Recommendation 2017/84

Link to the Corrugated Benelux Association - in French - In Dutch

FEFCO members are in active dialogue with national and European food safety authorities and other relevant key stakeholders such as ink producers. The cooperation and commitment from all those parties involved is indispensable to finding durable solutions that contribute positively on advancing the circular economy and consumers‘ safety.