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Rapid Analysis of MOSH / MOAH Contaminants in Packaging


Mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH; European Food Safety Authority, EFSA(2012)) are derived primarily from crude oil, but may also be synthesized from coal, natural gas, and biomass. MOH are typically in the C10to C50 range and can be present in food through environmental contamination, machinery lubricants, processing aids, food additives, and food contact materials (FCMs). Mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) are minimized in food-grade MOH products (compared to technical mineral oils, which may contain up to 35% MOAH) due to potential carcinogenicity and mutagenicity. Food-grade mineral oils are therefore comprised largely of mineraloil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH).

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