Plastic food containers and packaging commonly leach chemicals into the food or liquid they contain. Like almost everything else in life, there are good and bad plastics. Bad plastics leach toxic chemicals when used in food or beverage applications. Good plastics have not been shown to leach anything bad (at least not yet).
Follow these tips to minimize health risks when choosing food-safe plastic products.
Contact the manufacturer if you have any questions about products’ food safety. If you are not satisfied with their answers, avoid them.
When in doubt, choose food-safe glass, stainless steel, or ceramic with lead-free glaze instead.
— By Teresak Roeksbutr, Bastyr dietetic intern, and Debra Boutin, MS, RD, chair and dietetic internship director, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.