Do you want to know? Known to have contaminated our packed food for over twenty years, mineral oil remains a burden for consumers…nevertheless a Belgian light appears in the darkness!

The name Robert Gair may not ring many bells. Yet, we must thank him for the boxes that contain the breakfast cereals, the sugar lumps, the biscuits, the deep-frozen food, and the many other cardboard packaged foods we consume every day. Cardboard boxes are industrially prefabricated boxes, primarily used for packaging all kinds of consumer goods, food products, tools and materials. Since the European Parliament and Council Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste 94/62/EC encourages recycling in view of a sustainable use of raw materials, significant amounts of paper and board are recycled. It is a well-known fact, however, that recycling processes to produce food contact materials can introduce chemical components from printing inks, varnishes and adhesives into the food. Sometimes these compounds migrate from the packaging material into the packed food in amounts that are considered problematic…

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