Warning: mineral oil in baby milk powder

Warning: mineral oil in baby milk powder

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Traces of mineral oil found in milk powder for babies

Baby food is fundamentally a sensitive issue and all parents want perfect quality. However, this is not always guaranteed. Foodwatch has used laboratory analyzes to detect mineral oil residues in milk powder for babies. The consumer protection organization has asked manufacturers to "recall the products immediately and inform consumers."

In recent years, mineral oil residues have repeatedly been found in various foods, such as chocolate from Advent calendars. However, the current case is particularly critical because it is milk powder for babies. According to Foodwatch, products from Nestlé and Novalac are affected. Manufacturers should take these products off the market, the consumer protection organization said.

Aromatic mineral oil components proven

"In the laboratory tests, so-called aromatic mineral oil components were found in the milk powder that are suspected of causing cancer," Foodwatch reports in a recent press release. Three certified laboratories tested the baby milk for mineral oils independently of one another and with different analysis methods, and of four products purchased in Germany, three were contaminated with suspected aromatic mineral oil components (MOAH), the consumer protection organization continued.

The contaminated products were:

  • Nestlé BEBA OPTIPRO PRE 800 g from birth; Batch number: 91120346AA; Best before date: 10/2020; Load with MOAH: 3.0 mg / kg
  • Nestlé BEBA OPTIPRO 1,800 g from birth; Batch number: 9098080621; Best before date: 10/2020; Load with MOAH: 1.9 mg / kg;
  • Novalac infant formula PRE 400g (available in pharmacies); Batch number: A5952275; Best before date: 11.03.2020; Load with MOAH: 0.5 mg / kg

In addition to the four products from retail in Germany and Austria, twelve other baby milk products from France and the Netherlands had also been investigated and aromatic mineral oils were found in five cases, “including products from Danone and Nestlé (in France) and Hero Baby (in the Netherlands), ”reports Foodwatch.

Potentially carcinogenic mineral oil residues

The MOAH is rated by the European Food and Drug Administration EFSA as potentially carcinogenic and genetically harmful, "which is why such residues should not be contained in food even in the smallest quantities," emphasizes Foodwatch. In addition to machines during harvesting and processing, packaging is also a possible source of contamination. For example, packaging made from waste paper often contains mineral oils from printing inks that can be transferred to food. The health risks from mineral oil contamination in food have been known for years, but so far there have not even been any legal limit values.

Contamination from packaging

Safe limit values ​​for mineral oils in food are urgently required and, especially with aromatic mineral oils, “zero tolerance” must apply, according to Foodwatch. The residues from the tinplate cans, which serve as packaging for the products, were probably transferred to the milk powder. Parents are therefore advised “as a precaution not to feed their children infant milk from tin cans until the manufacturers can prove that the products are not contaminated.” Retail chains and pharmacies are also asked to stop selling the contaminated products.

An unpolluted baby milk powder

In the current study, the only unencumbered product from the German trade was the Nestlé baby milk "Beba Optipro 3, 800g, from the 10th month". No MOAH residues were detectable in this, reports Foodwatch. Where the impurities in the other products come from must now be clarified in further investigations in order to avoid corresponding pollution in the future. (fp)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Dipl. Geogr. Fabian Peters


  • Foodwatch: Infant milk contaminated with mineral oil (published October 24, 2019),

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