Following the recommendation made by EFSA, the German government has taken the initiative to draft regulation
which aims at introducing limits to the migration of mineral oils in food, and other European countries may decide
to follow suit. The German Ministry of Food and Agriculture released the third draft of their Mineral Oil Ordinance
(Draft Position at 24.07.2014) and based on current knowledge and several rigorous tests, EXTENDO® BOPP films were
verified toprovide substantial barriers againstmineral oils. Films in the range thatwill fulfill thenewregulations include:
EXTENDO® XTMH, EXTENDO® XFWL, EXTENDO® XRDH, EXTENDO® D713, EXTENDO® XZMH, EXTENDO® XZRH,
The testing was conducted by Fraunhofer Institute for Process engineering and Packaging IVV, Freising, Germany, first
in 2013 then repeated in 2015. Methods and results are shown and discussed in the appendix.
The barrier results for EXTENDO®films againstmineral oils are equal to or even better than those results achieved using
BoPET films, which had been considered the benchmark with regard to the barrier properties against mineral oils.
Mineral oil contamination of food is increasingly
drawing the attention of the media. Even though
an EU regulation is not in force yet, major European
food distribution chains have requested protection of
packaged food against mineral oil migration.
Contamination of food with mineral oils coming
from packages made of recycled paperboard has
been recognized and has opened a debate between
distribution chains and food producers in Europe.
In question are the levels of Mineral Oil Saturated
Hydrocarbons (MOSH) and Mineral Oil Aromatic
Hydrocarbons (MOAH). Aromatic substances, which
can be detrimental to human health, are raising
The matter is serious enough that European
regulatory oversight is likely to occur in the near
future. “A significant source of dietary exposure
to MOH may be contamination of food by the use
of recycled paperboard as packaging material.
Functional barriers offer one solution,” as stated by
the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, 2012-
2013): “It (MOH contamination) can be effectively
prevented by the inclusion of functional barriers into
the packaging assembly.”
BARRIER PERFORMANCE AGAINST CONTAMINATION
OF FOOD FROMMINERAL OILS CONFIRMED