Summary - MOSH

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Mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) can be divided into two main group's paraffins: linear and branched open-chain alkanes; and naphthenes: largely alkylated cycloalkanes.(1)

MOSH has been used as solvents and therefore they exist in many things like heating oils, printing ink, lubricating oil and motor fuels, colours. Migration from cardboards made from recycled newspapers into food is very well known (1). The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have not specified MOSH as toxic or carcinogenic (1).

Consumers are exposed of MOSH via food where there are many pathways how MOSH can enter the food, both from food processing, harvesting as well as of natural courses. MOSH can be found naturally in marine biota, such as algae, zooplankton and fish as well as it is found in most plants as a natural product. Further, MOSH can be formed by food processing such as bleaching, treatment with acid and heating treatments. Finally, MOSH can also be released into food from packaging, mostly from recycled material (1).