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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Is That Plastic Container Safe?

Back on 9/29/08 I posted this picture of my assortment of plastic containers. I just went through them all and more so the other night to rid out what was worn out or didn't have a matching lid or bottom. I came across this article on the safety of plastic food containers and thought there was some good information to share.
From an article by Diane Blahut, Woman's Day - 9/2/2010 Is That Plastic Container Safe?

She suggests these 6 tips for reducing your exposure to the harmful chemicals in plastics.
1. Know the code. The number in the little triangle of arrows on the bottom of a container is a code that indicates the type of plastic you are using and clues about its safety. Generally 1,2,4, & 5 are considered the safest. Avoid plastic with 3 or 6, ( & 7) as they will leach chemicals. A number 7 is another category that includes BPA-containing plastics called polycarbonates. These should be avoided and will have the letters PC printed under the 7.

2. Reconsider the microwave. Generally the experts advise to keep plastic out of the microwave all together and don't put plastic wrap over your food when you microwave it as it can melt.

3. Use it for its intended purpose. Some plastics are intended for a single use (as those with a #1 on them) and then should be recycled.

4. Wash by hand. Only put them in the dishwasher if they have a dishwasher safe label. Exposure to the detergents and heat will accelerate the leaching process.

5. Do not freeze. "Only put plastics in the freezer if they have a freezer-safe label. Freezer temperatures can cause plastics to deteriorate, which increases the leaching of chemicals into the food when you take containers out of the freezer to thaw or reheat."

6. Don't panic. By cutting down on your exposure to these potentially harmful chemicals in plastics can be a benefit to your health.

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