And I thought breakfast was the most important meal of the day!

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I recently read about the research being carried out by Swiss scientists who have discovered that when old paper is used to make recycled cardboard, mineral oils in the printing ink may contaminate food packed inside it.  The oils leak out of the cardboard in the form of a gas and the presence of the plastic liner is not enough to prevent contamination.

Some cereal producers may have already been aware of this as Jordans recently announced that they had phased out cardboard from its cereal products last year and replaced it with virgin cardboard made from trees.  Other cereal manufacturers are reviewing the position but no immediate changes are proposed at this time.
It is my understanding that exposure to the mineral oils has been linked to inflammation of internal organs and cancer.  However, consumers would have to be exposed to the affected foods for many years to be in any danger.
The UK Foods Standards Agency have found the research interesting but do not consider there is any firm evidence of food safety risks.
I may however, think twice before reaching for the cereal box and opt for healthy fruit from now on!
Karen Hayden

Legal Executive in our Personal Injury team

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