The issue or the problem of the migration of mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH) from packaging materials, such as paper or cardboard to the food packaged in it, was the trigger for lively discussion in 2009.
In 2012, EFSA already published a Scientific Opinion on MOH in food and their analysis.
Highly purified mineral oil fractions are used in e.g. cosmetics (such as Vaseline).
The toxicological data and assessments are always under discussion, since in other areas, such as food contact materials (FCMs), food, cosmetics and toys, the mineral oil components, namely the mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) and the mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) are found and quantified.
Their sources of input are manifold and are based on the most diverse forms of application and possibilities of mineral oil containing products.