Analysis of mineral oil in food: An analytical challenge

Last updated on 9-4-2021 by Jill Alexandre

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Mineral oil can enter the food chain in many different ways: (i) as a contaminant via e.g. environment or lubricants used in equipment or machinery, (ii) as an additive or technical auxiliary or (iii) as a residue via the migration from materials and objects that come into contact with foodstuffs. The analysis is very challenging since mineral oil is a very complex mixture. Among the many different substances present in mineral oil, two main types can be distinguished: the saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) comprising a complex mixture of linear, branched and cyclic compounds and variable amount…

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