ingredient information
Mineral Oil
There are two possible reasons for the presence of mineral oil in food; (1) in trace amounts from its use as a lubricant or separant e.g. in tin greasing before baking, or from traces on the surface of knives used to cut dough in breadmaking, or as a coating e.g. of fruit; (2) as a substitute for fat either because it is cheaper or in slimming foods. The maximum daily intake is calculated to be about 100 mg of which some 80 mg are contributed from its use on the machinery in the baking industry. There has been a great deal of work on the effect of mineral oil in impeding the absorption of fat soluble vitamins A (and precursors) D, E, K and essential fatty acids. There is no doubt that interference with absorption can occur, particularly of carotene if amounts in food exceed approximately 6000 ppm (Steigmann et al., 1952). Whether the amounts likely to appear in the food of children are of clinical importance is much less certain (assuming that it is not used as an ingredient as in (2) above). Ref: Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives(