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Packaging From Recycled Cardboard May Transfer Unsafe Levels Of Mineral Oil

By March 8, 2011December 30th, 2020Environmental, General, Industry News

Medical News Today
Written by: Catharine Paddock, PhD

According to a story appearing in Medical News Today, concerns are being raised that foods packed in material made of recycled cardboard may contain mineral oil above agreed limits are causing some food companies to change their packaging material, and in one UK company’s case, to stop using recycled board altogether.

Behind the concern is a recent report from Swiss government scientists who suggest foods like pasta, rice and breakfast cereals might contain up to 100 times more mineral oil than the limit agreed for food safety, reported BBC News early on Tuesday.

The concern surrounds mineral oils that come from ink used in newspapers and other printed materials that are used to make recycled cardboard.

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