Mineral oil (MOSH/POSH and MOAH) content in food

Determination of mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) with polyolefin oligomeric saturated hydrocarbons (POSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) from foodstuff.

The results are reported as the concentrations of groups of MOSH/POSH and MOAH, with the groups being based on the number of carbons in the substances.

The concern with mineral oil hydrocarbons in food is focused on the presence of mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) which are possible genotoxic carcinogens. In the Summary report of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed Section Novel Food and Toxicological Safety of the Food Chain 21 April 2022, considering MOAH, it was stated as follows:

In order to ensure a uniform enforcement approach throughout the EU, the Member States agreed to withdraw and, if necessary, to recall products from the market, when the sum of the concentrations of MOAH in food are at or above the following maximum LOQs:

  • 0.5 mg/kg for dry foods with a low fat/oil content (≤ 4% fat/oil)

  • 1 mg/kg for foods with a higher fat/oil content (> 4% fat/oil)

  • 2 mg/kg for fats/oils

Suitable sample matrices
Required sample quantity
20 g
Typical turnaround time
3 weeks after receiving the samples
Detection limit
0.5 - 3 mg/kg
Available quality systems
Accredited test method
Device types


First sample (Excl. VAT):
325 €
Additional samples (Excl. VAT):
298 €per sample

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