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.