The Danish Consumer Council finds fluorocarbons and mineral oils in paper and board packaging in direct contact with food, the Zurich-based Food Packaging Forum reported in March.

In an article published on March 18, 2016 the Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals informs about a testing campaign analyzing 16 different types of cardboard and paper packaging in direct contact with foods such as ready-made cakes, oatmeal, crispbread, flour, pizza dough, lasagne sheets, and sliced cheese.

The packaging was tested for fluorocarbons, bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) and other bisphenols, phthalates, and mineral oils. The tested paper and board from ready-made cakes contained levels of fluorocarbons far above the limit of 0.35 µg per cm2 food packaging as recommended by the Danish Minister of the Environment and Food in 2015, FPF reported.

Seven of the 16 tested packaging samples contained mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) in excess of the limit values recommended by Germany (i.e. 26 mg/kg for MOSH and 6 mg/kg for MOAH).

Bisphenols were not detected in the packaging samples and most packaging was free from phthalates.

In the scope of the tests, total fluorocarbon, MOSH and MOAH content was measured; single substances in these categories were not identified. Further, migration of the substances into food was not tested.