There are several possible sources of MOH (Mineral Oil Hydrocarbons) contamination into food: mainly food packaging materials, food additives, processing aids and environmental contaminants such as lubricants. The contamination can occur both from raw materials and at various stages of food production, including transportation and storage.
On the basis of today’s information, the principal food matrices that might be affected by MOH contamination are: dry foods (e.g. flour, cereals, coffee, cocoa powder, milk powder), confectionery, fatty foods (including chocolate), oilseeds, tree nuts, vegetable oils and animal fats.
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