January 2018

 

The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) in Belgium published a recommendation for “action levels” with respect to MOSH contamination in various food stuffs based on exposition studies.

 

 

Here their proposals for MOSH (fraction C16-C35) action levels:

 

 

Products

Action limit

In mg/kg

Pulses, nuts and oil containing seeds and

150

Eggs and egg products

150

Animal and plant derived and oils

100

Herbs and spices

70

Fish and fish products

60

Animal derived food

30

Sugar and confectionary

30

Vegetables and vegetable derived products

20

Starch rich roots and tubers

20

Snacks, desserts, and other

20

Cereals and cereal products

15

Fruit and of fruit-based products and compound food
including frozen products

10

Milk and dairy products

5


For MOAH no action levels were defined. Here the LOQ of 0,5 mg/kg shall be applied. The recommendation of action levels is legally not binding. There is no obligation to report any findings to the authorities. A European harmonized evaluation is pending, however the Belgium approach might have a certain signal effect in further evaluation.

 

If an action level is reached or exceeded the FASFC would consider the start a thorough to reveal the potential source of contamination and take preventive actions in order to lower the values of exposure. To achieve any process improvement or optimised selection of materials a reliable partner for analysis is needed. There are still many different analytical approaches “on the market”. Therefore you should rely only to the most experienced lab in oil/fat analysis in Europe. This is AGROLAB GROUP Laboratory Dr. A. Verwey in Rotterdam. We perform the analysis of MOSH/ MOAH in all kind of food / feed matrices as well as in packaging materials meanwhile under accreditation. (FM)

For further information and a quotation please contact your local sales representative.

 

Author: Dr. Frank Mörsberger

 

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