Food Preparation, Food Containers

Why is this important?

As a general precaution it is wise to avoid using plastic when preparing or serving hot food or drinks. When heated, some plastics may release potentially toxic substances into food.

What actions can we take?

  • Do not serve or store hot food or drinks in plastic containers.
    • Store food in glass, porcelain, ceramic or stainless steel containers.
    • If storing food in plastic, cool it before placing it in the container.
  • Make safer choices when purchasing any plastic products.
    • Opt for plastics with recycling numbers 1 (PETE or PET: polyethylene terephthalate), 2 (HDPE: high-density polyethylene), 4 (LDPE: low-density polyethylene) and 5 (PP: polypropylene).
    • Reduce or avoid the use of products with recycling numbers 3 (PVC) and 6 (polystyrene, used to make Styrofoam and other disposable food service items), and most items labeled as number 7.
  • Stop using plastic containers that show signs of wear and tear (e.g., scratched or cloudy).

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