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Where can you get organic mineral oil?

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Organic mineral oil is not available because mineral oil comes from existing minerals, rather than plants or animals. For an item to be organic, the producer must not use chemical or synthetic pesticides or fertilizers when growing the product.

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Most mineral oil sold in the United States is a by-product that results from the distillation of petroleum. Its most common uses are in industrial, veterinary and medical applications and in cosmetics. Although food-grade mineral oil is available for purchase, its primary use is not in foods but for lubrication and protection of wooden kitchen items, such as utensils and cutting boards. Some candy producers use small amounts of mineral oil in their candy to improve appearance and reduce stickiness.

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