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Henkel India to organise Webinar for awareness on food packaging safety

Henkel India has come up with yet another innovative measure to create awareness on prevailing myths and various impacts of usage of mineral oils in food packaging adhesives.

Henkel will be broadcasting a webinar on December 5, 2014 entitled “Everything you need to know about mineral oil components in food packaging adhesives.” The webinar, to be held in English, by Dr. Monika Tönnießen (Chemist in the Product Safety department of Henkel Adhesive Technologies business unit), will focus on the problems associated with mineral oil hydrocarbons in food packaging.

Interested parties are invited to register for free via the website: Registrants will also gain access to the Premium Area, which offers further webinars, white papers, a comprehensive glossary, and videos covering a range of key issues.

As the world’s largest adhesives manufacturer, Henkel is committed to finding ways of improving food safety. In line with this purpose, Henkel, through its web-based knowledge platform “Food Safe Packaging Portal,” broadcasts various webinars for its customers. The purpose of these live webinars by Henkel is to shed light on important issues surrounding food packaging safety. Participants are also able to put their questions live and online to the Henkel presenters while the webinars are still in progress.

Dr. Monika Tönnießen, an expert in all aspects of material contact with foodstuffs and a member of the Paper and Packaging Working Group of the Association of European Adhesives and Sealants Manufacturers (FEICA), says, “Mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) are regarded as a particularly harmful fraction. There are thousands of different mineral oil components, and their effects on human health vary enormously. One mineral oil is not the same as another, so it is essential to precisely differentiate the substances involved. The elimination of critical mineral oil components from adhesive formulations is critical. We have been conducting webinars on food packaging for various countries and have been getting extremely positive responses. We are hopeful of support from Indian audiences in similar way.”

According to a 2012 report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), on the subject of mineral oil hydrocarbons in food, there are various sources of food contamination by mineral oil components. It’s a well known fact that many foods, for example, cocoa beans, are transported in jute sacks that are treated with mineral oil. Such foods get contaminated with mineral oil even before they are packed. There is a strong need to increase awareness amongst consumers about the causes and harmful effects of such contamination. Consumers need to be informed about the same and the measures that they can take to avoid the issue.