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Other Undesirable Substances

Mineral Hydrocarbons - National Legislation

Health (Mineral Hydrocarbons in Food) Regulations, 1972 (S.I. No. 45 of 1972)

Amended by

These Regulations provide (subject to certain exemptions) that the use of any mineral hydrocarbon in the manufacture or preparation of food and the importation, distribution, sale or exposure for sale of any food containing any mineral hydrocarbon is prohibited. The prohibition does not extend to chewing gum and other products, for which maximum limits of mineral hydrocarbon are prescribed. Specifications are set out for mineral hydrocarbon. Where a sample of food has been certified by a public analyst not to comply with these Regulations, an authorised officer may seize, remove and detain such food as being food which is unfit for human consumption and in certain circumstances, destroy it.

Furan - EU legislation

Furan - A colorless, volatile, heterocyclic organic compound, C4H4O, obtained from wood oils and used primarily in organic synthesis

Commission Recommendations

Commission Recommendation 2007/196/EC (OJ L 88, p56, 29.03.2007) of 28 March 2007 on the monitoring of the presence of furan in foodstuffs

Commission Recommendation 2007/196/EC recommends that Member States perform during the years 2007 and 2008 monitoring on the presence of furan in foodstuffs that have undergone heat treatment. The monitoring should include commercial foodstuffs as purchased disregarding any further preparation and commercial foodstuffs analysed as consumed after further preparation in the laboratory. It recommends that Member States follow the sampling procedures as laid down in Part B of the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 333/2007 in order to ensure that samples are representative for the sampled lot. Sample preparation before analysis should be carried out with the necessary care to ensure that the furan content of the sample is not altered. The analysis of furan should be carried out in accordance with points 1 and 2 of Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 (No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 13/12/2019; Repealed and replaced by 32017R0625