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Third draft of German mineral oil regulation eases migration limits

BRUSSELS , Aug. 28, 2014 (RISI) - 

The German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) released its third draft of the intended "Twenty-second regulation amending the German commodities regulation" (Mineral Oil Regulation) on July 24.

Among the main points, the new draft covers food contact material made of recycled fibers and does not concern virgin board. Like for the first draft, the ministry has re-established limits for mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) migration into foodstuffs, though these limits are less strict than they were in the initial version. The draft therefore states that food contact materials and products made of recycled paper cannot be sold if their MOSH content exceeds 24 mg/kg and/or their MOAH content exceeds 6 mg/kg of paper, cardboard or paperboard, respectively. "The maximum contents of MOSH and MOAH stipulated for the food contact materials and articles are essentially based on the project "Ausmaß der Migration unerwünschter Stoffe aus Verpackungsmaterialien aus Altpapier in Lebensmittel" ("level of migration of undesirable substances from recycled paper to foodstuffs") initiated by the BMELV, and the special report on 119 food samples associated with this project," the ministry said.

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