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Mineral oil components in peanuts

Peanuts do not belong botanically to the group of nuts as you might suspect – but they are definitely tasty! And they are also healthy, because they provide magnesium and protein.

However, in a recent test, mineral oil components were found in three samples. Specifically, MOSH was detected, which can accumulate in organs, especially in the liver.

Currently, there are no limits for MOSH in food, but a regulation to this effect is already being worked on and until then the rule is that the exposure should be as low as possible.

It is assumed that mineral oil components get into the food via lubricating oils of the machines or packaging plastics.

 

No aflatoxins were found

 

In nuts, the mold toxins aflatoxins are also frequently found, but none were detected in the above test. Especially when nuts originate from warmer regions, there is always a risk of contamination with aflatoxins.

According to Regulation (EU) No. 165/2010, the maximum level for aflatoxins in peanuts which are intended for direct consumption is 2.0 µg/kg.

 

bilacon tests your peanuts

 

To ensure that your peanuts can be marketed safely and in high quality, bilacon tests your products. In addition to the analysis for mineral oil components and aflatoxins, we support you with the complete analysis spectrum of heavy metals, 3-MCPD, microbiological analyses as well as labeling tests.

 

Contact our expert for more information:

 

Roy Sperling
roy.sperling@tentamus.com
+49 30 206 038 320


Source: Ökotest

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