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Guidance on sampling, analysis and data reporting for the monitoring of mineral oil hydrocarbons in food and food contact materials


This guidance document aims to support the generation of reliable results for the content of mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) content in food and food contact materials (FCM) and to harmonise reporting standards to EFSA. Therefore, it covers specific directions for sampling and analysis for the monitoring of mineral oil in food and FCM in the frame of Recommendation (EU) 2017/84. It provides guidance on the minimum performance requirements of the analytical methods fit for MOSH/MOAH monitoring in food and FCM. It also lists the data elements and content to be reported in the EFSA database. The guidance should be used by all stakeholders involved in the determination of mineral oil hydrocarbons in food and FCM, i.e. food inspectors, official control laboratories, laboratories in industry and laboratories of non-governmental organisations. This guidance provides further clarification on the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 333/2007 related to the sampling of food and FCM subject to MOSH and MOAH analysis. This guidance aims to enable reporting to EFSA by laboratories that are already familiar with the analytical approaches and have proven their analytical performance in relevant proficiency testing (PT) schemes. For laboratories that are not familiar with the analytical approaches, this guidance gives the minimum performance requirements and references to current analytical approaches described in the scientific literature. It does not provide standard operating procedures.