Mineral Oils, MOSH & MOAH: How to Navigate the Risk for Food Packaging

Thu, 9/12: 8:30 AM  - 9:30 AM 
Standard Session 
Greater Columbus Convention Center 


Mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOHs) are complex chemical mixtures. MOHs are generally derived from crude oil. They consist primarily of mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH). MOSH comprise open-chain, often branched hydrocarbons (commonly named paraffins) and cyclic, saturated hydrocarbons (commonly named naphthenes). MOAH include mono- or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Food packaging made of recycled paper and board contains high levels of MOHs and MOAH, which mainly originate from mineral-oil-based, non-food grade newspaper inks.

Potential sources, health effects, migration, exposure and bio monitoring, technical solutions, as well as the regulatory situation (North America, Europe, China) for food packaging will be covered in this presentation, including a strategy to stay safe for raw materials and final food packaging items.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will:
1. Summarize basic knowledge of hazard classification of chemicals, health effects, and consumer product safety
2. Explain how recycled materials, as well as adhesives, coatings, and printing inks could potentially negatively impact the safety and compliance status of consumer products, such as food packaging