Using PLASTIC container or wrap in microwave


Food in a plastic container ( microwave safe )
Food in a plastic container ( microwave safe )

NO PLASTIC CONTAINERS IN MICROWAVE
EVEN THOUGH THEY STATE MICROWAVE SAFE
NO WATER BOTTLES IN THE FREEZER
NO PLASTIC WRAP IN MICROWAVE
(TRUE OR NOT?)


United States Food and Drug Administration has not been able to find any research that supports the fear that food can become contaminated with dioxins either from plastic wrap or plastic in microwave ovens.

A dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

According to Canadian Cancer Sosiety:

Companies that make plastic containers for food storage use different substances and make the containers differently than when they make containers for other uses. Because of this, it's important to use plastic containers only as intended, particularly when storing food.

For plastic containers sold with food or drink in them, Health Canada's Food Directorate evaluates the safety of these products before they're sold.

Plastic containers that don't contain food when sold, but are designed for this use, are not tested by Health Canada and there are no guidelines on what substances can be used to make them. However, the Consumer Product Safety Bureau will investigate any concerns about the safety of this type of product and will ask manufacturers to remove any substances that pose a health risk.

There has been some concern that food may absorb some of the plasticizer used in plastic to make it more flexible - particularly at high temperatures when microwaving or when heating fatty or oily foods like cheese and meat. To ensure the safe use of containers or wrap that are in contact with food during re-heating, you can do the following:

  • Use glass, ceramic and plastic containers and plastic wrap that are labelled as microwave safe - for example packaged food with labelling instructions for heating in the package or storage containers sold for use in microwave ovens. Plastic containers that release anything more than a small amount of plasticizers are not approved for use in Canada.
  • Never heat or store food in plastic containers that were not intended for food. One-time use containers, like margarine tubs, tend to warp or melt in the microwave, and this may allow more of the substances in plastic to go into the food.
  • If you're using plastic containers for storage, let the food cool before storing, then refrigerate it immediately. Avoid plastics and containers that are visibly damaged, stained or have a bad smell.
We live in a world where everything seems to be instant and we are being threatened by variety of destructive factors.  If we are not cautious enough, our lives will become instant as well.  We have to be careful and vigilant to protect our family's health.

25 comments:

  1. wow.. thanks for the info! very much useful!

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  2. How about those microwaveable containers like in your picture, that's a type of plastic too right? Is it safe? I use that all the time. ;(

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    1. You can use any plastic container or wrap as long as it's labelled microwave safe.

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  3. Thanks for the info! Indeed there are plastic containers that is advisable to be used inside microwave.

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this. I shall now dispose most of my plastic containers and shift back to ceramics the old school way~

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  5. geez!! in singapore almost everyone uses this specially plastic container for foods so i guess in a country like singapore who's very strict to anything will be a lot more reliable! and indeed true that don't store water in plastic bottles ! xx

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  6. very informative. it really pays to also read the instruction manual that comes with the appliances to make sure of what could be used with the product etc..

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  7. Agree! we should always be vigilant with the things that we are using nowadays. Most of them makes our life easier and comfortable, but we should also take into consideration the possible disadvantages.

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  8. you have given a thorough explanation. i'm using plastic containers in microwave and sometimes in producing ice or ice cubes... what do you suggest we use in making ice? thanks. Yahweh bless.

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  9. hahaha...I rarely use our microwave except to pop corn....but you're right, better safe than sorry.

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  10. that's why i always transfer the food to a ceramic microwaveable plate when i heat my food!

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  11. Scary information because i did all that. Oh dear, I better tell my wife about this as well.

    Thanks for this. very helpful indeed.

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  12. prevention is better than cure! thanks for this!

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  13. Not using the microwave for many years now. Saved me tons of money on electricity too..

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  14. Really informative. I use microwaveable plastic containers when I heat foods. Bawal pala yun. I should tell my dad about this. Thanks for sharing this one. :)

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  15. this is helpful indeed. thanks for the info.

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  16. How about ice? Most ice cubes are made on plastic containers, aren't they?

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  17. very informative, thanks for sharing! :))

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  18. Most people do use plastic containers for convenience and its unbreakability. However, when not taken care properly, some microwavable plastics to curl-up like a raisin just like mine did.

    I'm using microwave in the office BTW as I don't have one at home yet.

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  19. this is a helpful informative post!i'm not fond of anything plastic (including people haha) so i try to avoid if possible.

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  20. its really good post to read as i like the way you written your post thanks and regards |Safety Products

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  21. this is one information, people must not forget! thanks!

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  22. hey. it was very nice to read such an interesting blog post. do keep up posting more updates.

    Recycling Plastic Containers

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  23. I love microwave because it makes some tasks easier. But reading this, made me realize that I should be careful to the containers I will use because not all claims are true. Thanks for this.

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