The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a scientific opinion on human exposure through the diet to a diverse group of mixtures known as ‘mineral oil hydrocarbons’ (MOH).
The opinion identifies some potential concerns in relation to exposure to MOH through food.
However, EFSA’s experts stress there are several uncertainties regarding the chemical composition of MOH mixtures to which humans are exposed and also the wide range of sources of human exposure.
Furthermore, on the basis of new information on the lack of toxicological relevance for humans of previous animal studies, the temporary Acceptable Daily Intakes (ADIs) of some ‘saturated’ MOH present in specific food products warrant revision, the EFSA said.
In terms of the risk associated with exposure to MOH in food, the experts on EFSA’s Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain Panel concluded there may be a potential concern for some consumers: specifically, customers who are brand loyal or who often buy the same food product from the same shop may be exposed on a regular basis to food with higher levels of MOH.
The full opinion can be read here.
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