Specific migration of mineral oil (MOSH/POSH and MOAH) into Tenax

Specific migration of mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH), including mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) with polyolefin oligomeric hydrocarbons (POSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) from food contact materials (FCM) into food simulant E (Tenax, MPPO).

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 reporting unit is mg of MOSH/POSH or MOAH per dm2 of FCM or kg of food simulant. Additionally, the result includes the sum of all MOSH/POSH and MOAH together with the total amount of MOH (MOSH + MOAH).

The POSH are not part of MOH, but they can be present in polyolefin plastics, such as polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). MOSH and POSH have very similar structures and they tend to elute together in chromatography. Thus, in polyolefin plastics and materials with polyolefin layers, it is usually impossible to distinguish between MOSH and POSH with conventional analysis techniques.

Suitable sample matrices
Plastic, paper and board
Required sample quantity
Film: 2xA4-size sheets. Article (< 250 ml): 6 items. Article (> 250 ml): 3 items. Other: 3 dm2
Typical turnaround time
7 weeks after receiving the samples
Detection limit
LOQ 0.1 mg/kg
Available quality systems
Accredited test method
Device types


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