Whether you're on a quest to packaging food or you simply want to store prepared food, Plastic containers can do the job. But some plastic food containers are safer than others when it comes to personal and environmental health. Here's what you need to know.
Know the code. On the bottom of plastic food storage containers, you'll find a tiny triangle with a number (resin identification code) ranging from 1 to 7. This number indicates what the plastic is made of. In general, the safest choices for food use are numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding plastic containers with codes 3, 6 and 7. Plastic number 3 contains vinyl or polyvinyl chloride (PVC), 6 has polystyrene and 7 can contain various plastics, such as Bisphenol-A (BPA).
The use of BPA has been banned in baby bottles, sippy cups and in the packaging of infant formulas. However, its use in other food and beverage containers continues to be monitored and is currently considered safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Many BPA-free plastic food and beverage containers are available today, allowing consumers to minimize their exposure to it. And Plastic food storage containers can also be ideal for transporting food .
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