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Questions and answers on the migration of mineral oil from packaging materials to foodstuffs

BfR FAQ, 10 March 2010

Cardboard made of recycled paper is also used in food packaging. Numerous dry foodstuffs such as rice, breadcrumbs or pasta can be packaged in such cardboard boxes. Current analyses by the Swiss canton laboratory in Zurich have shown that such recycled cardboard can contain mineral oil. The mineral oils stem from ink which is commonly used in newspaper printing. If food is packaged in such cardboard boxes, it is possible that mineral oils can migrate to the foodstuff. Animal studies have shown that mineral oil mixtures are stored in the body and can lead to damage in the liver and lymph nodes. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has provided possible action that can be taken in order to reduce potential consumer health risk.

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10.03.2010
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