Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Plastic Container Safety

At a recent Memorial Health Care Systems 'Fridays For You' wellness education event, Memorial Hospital dietitian, Cindy Winter, shared informaton about using plastic containers for food use.

Confusion abounds about cancer-causing chemicals from plastics leaching into food. Dozens of studies have proven a plastic-cancer link, some plastics are hightly toxic and volatile, others are safer and more stable.

To determin the plastics that are safest and ones that are dangerous, look at the recycling number, ofen found in a little triangle on the bottom of the container. It is suggest that you follow these guidelines:

Containers with a 3, 6 or 7: These are the most dangerious containing a chemical called BPA. Avoid completely.

Containers with a 4 or 5: Generally, these are considered safe but use them sparingly and NEVER use them to microwave.

Containers with a 1 or 2: These are the safest and are used for storing food and drink, but do not microwave. These containers include clear water containers, as well as most cloudy containers you normally find holding water and milk. The containers, often called PETE and HDPE, are safe for storing food and drink.

REMEMBER...Never use ANY plastic in the microwave unless designated as microwave safe.

Source: Health Cares Magazine-Memorial Health Care Systems-Summer 2012