Foodwatch Germany carried out its own laboratory tests on 15 sample chocolate and five crisp products sold in supermarkets. It discovered MOAH and MOSH contamination in these; including confectionary from well-known Eureopan brands Kinder, Lindt, and Rübezahl Schokoladen.
Concentrations of MOSH at 6.8mg/kg and MOAH at 1.2mg/kg were found in the Kinder test subjects; levels of MOSH at 5.3mg/kg and MOAH 1mg/kg for Rübezahl; and MOSH at 5mg/kg and MOAH at 0.7mg/kg in the Lindt products
Publishing its findings on 4 July, the NGO cited previous research from the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) indicating that MOSHs and MOAHs are, respectively, mutagenic and possibly carcinogenic.
Foodwatch spokesperson John Heeg says: ‘The manufacturers are guilty of gross negligence.’ He goes on to call for stricter limits on MOSH migration and a full regulatory ban on MOAHs.
The source of the unverified contamination was not identified by the tests; but Foodwatch suggest migration from paper packaging – especially recycled board with residual printing inks – and jute bags used a secondary packaging are possible vectors.
In a response to the unwelcome publicity of 12 July, Kinder brand owner Ferrero says it ‘guarantees its products are safe for consumers [and] comply fully with the food safety requirements of all the countries in which they are marketed and often exceed those requirements.
‘The problem [of mineral oil traces] affects the packaging of virtually all foods: indeed, minimal traces of mineral oils occur everywhere in the environment. All Ferrero packaging fully complies with applicable legislation on food contact materials.’
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