A mineral oil is any of various colorless, odorless, light mixtures of alkanes in the C15 to C40 range from a non-vegetable (mineral) source, particularly a distillate of petroleum.

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The function(s) performed by the food additive when used in cooking.

  • Glazing agent - A substances that gives food a shiny appearance or provides a protective coating

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Data according to various sources such as fao, fda, codex. Spot a mistake? Tell us!

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Mineral oil, white (Use limitations include all petroleum hydrocarbons that may be used in combinati
European Union
Not Permitted
Australia and New Zealand
Not Permitted
Afghanistan
Unknown None
Philippines
Approved Mineral Oil
Austria
Not Permitted
Belgium
Not Permitted
Bulgaria
Not Permitted
Cyprus
Not Permitted
Czech Republic
Not Permitted
Denmark
Not Permitted
Estonia
Not Permitted
Finland
Not Permitted
France
Not Permitted
Germany
Not Permitted
Greece
Not Permitted
Hungary
Not Permitted
Ireland
Not Permitted
Italy
Not Permitted
Latvia
Not Permitted
Lithuania
Not Permitted
Luxembourg
Not Permitted
Malta
Not Permitted
Netherlands
Not Permitted
Poland
Not Permitted
Portugal
Not Permitted
Romania
Not Permitted
Slovakia
Not Permitted
Slovenia
Not Permitted
Spain
Not Permitted
Sweden
Not Permitted
United Kingdom
Not Permitted
Australia
Not Permitted
New Zealand
Not Permitted

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Halal - yes

905a - Mineral oil, food grad: Miscellaneous - Glazing Agents

Muslim Consumer Group

Synthetic substance - yes

905a - Mineral oil, food grad: Synthetic mixture of hydrocarbons. Chewing gum ingredient, sealant, glazing agent, de-foamer, food processing machine lubricant, protective coating on fresh vegetables and fruit, lubricant and binder for tablets and capsules. Listed as having teratogenic properties probably responsible for bowel cancer and can cause defects.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

905a - Mineral oil, food grad: Synthetic mixture of hydrocarbons. Chewing gum ingredient, sealant, glazing agent, de-foamer, food processing machine lubricant, protective coating on fresh vegetables and fruit, lubricant and binder for tablets and capsules. Listed as having teratogenic properties probably responsible for bowel cancer and can cause defects.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

905a - Mineral oil, food grad: May inhibit absorption of fats and fat soluble vitamins, mild laxative, there may be a link to bowel cancer. Anal seepage and irritation.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Linked to cancer - yes

905a - Mineral oil, food grad: has been linked to cancer.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Food grade mineral oil
Liquid paraffin
Liquid petrolatum
White mineral oil
Paraffin oils

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
JECFA (Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives)
UK Food Standards Agency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Wikipedia

Lists the U.S. CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry number and EINECS (European INventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances) numbers when known.

  • CAS Number: 8012-95-1
  • EINECS Number: 232-384-2

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