Which Plastic Containers Are Safe
Plastic containers are a common household item, but not all types of plastic are safe for food storage. It’s important to know which plastic containers are safe to use, as well as how to properly care for them.
The most common type of plastic used in food storage containers is polyethylene terephthalate (PET). PET containers are safe for storing food and beverages, and are commonly used for water bottles and salad dressing bottles. They are also typically labeled with the number “1” on the bottom of the container.
Another safe type of plastic container is high-density polyethylene (HDPE). HDPE containers are often used for milk jugs, juice bottles, and butter tubs, and are also labeled with the number “2” on the bottom of the container.
It’s important to avoid using containers made of polycarbonate (PC) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). These types of plastic can release harmful chemicals, such as bisphenol A (BPA), when heated or exposed to acidic foods. These plastics are typically labeled with the numbers “3” and “5” on the bottom of the container.
When using any type of plastic container, it’s important to follow proper care instructions. This includes not heating or microwaving food in plastic containers, as well as not washing them in the dishwasher. High heat and harsh detergents can cause the plastic to degrade and release harmful chemicals.
In conclusion, PET and HDPE containers are safe for food storage. It is important to avoid using containers made of polycarbonate (PC) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and always follow proper care instructions for any plastic containers used in food storage. Shantou Kaixuan Packaging Co., Ltd. Food Grade Manufacture Contact us for a free sample