Guidance on sampling, analysis and data reporting for the monitoring of mineral oil hydrocarbons in food and food contact materials
This guidance document covers specific directions for sampling and analysis of mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) in food and FCM in the frame of Recommendation (EU) 2017/84 for the monitoring of mineral oils. It provides guidance on the minimum performance requirements of the analytical methods fit for MOSH/MOAH monitoring. 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 aims to support the generation of reliable data for the occurrence of both fractions - MOSH and MOAH - and to enable reporting 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 MOSH/MOAH analysis, 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.