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Facts and myths about mineral oils

The term mineral oil is used to distinguish oil of biological origin. The collective name that is often used to indicate the latter is animal and vegetable oils and fats. Mineral oil is- often - produced from high-boiling petroleum distillates.

Mineral oils can be used in the preparation of bread.
Fact: that's correct. Mineral oils can be used if they are food grade oils, such as in solvents and cutting and lubricating oils.

Bread contains mineral oils
Myth: Mineral oils can be used in the preparation of bread if these oils are food grade (food-safe). The oils can be present in small quantities in the final product. Sonneveld believes that food should not contain any mineral oils, not even if these are classified as food grade. Therefore, Sonneveld's raw materials, solvents, and cutting and lubricating oils only contain vegetable oils.

Mineral oils are bad
Myth: The presence of mineral oils is undesirable, but it is not entirely clear if these small quantities could actually lead to health risks in humans. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) examined this risk in 2012. ESFA did not adopt any further measures; however, it recommends further investigation.


Machinery must be designed and constructed that lubricants (such as mineral oils) do not com into contact with foodstuffs

Fact: There are European guidelines. A machinery has to be designed and constructed so that can be monitored if there is constant compliance with this requirement. 



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