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Questions and answers on mineral oil components in food

Updated BfR FAQ of 12 December 2017

In light of the knowledge that mineral oil components may be found in foods, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has conducted an assessment to determine whether mineral oil components in foods can pose a health risk.

For a number of years now, the Institute has been pointing out that the transfer of mineral oil components from recycled cartons into foods is possible and is to be expected, as one of the materials used to produce these cartons is printed recovered paper that may contain mineral oil components from newspaper printing ink. To date, the transfer of these substances has above all been observed in dry foods with a large surface area such as rice or semolina.

The contamination of foods with mineral oil components from food packagings is undesirable.

Below, the BfR has put together frequently asked questions and answers regarding mineral oil components that can transfer from packagings into foods:

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