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Old 30-05-2018, 08:51 AM   #1
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Food Safe Plastics

For all round safety in repeated use of plastic for foodstuffs and drinks, my personal preference is for polypropylene, as this is safe from well below freezing point to boiling point and also with edible acids, such as juice and vinegar, etc. Polypropylene may be identified by "PP" or the number "5" inside the recycle triangle found on the plastic, and does not become hazardous (nor deteriorate) under sunlight/UV. Polypropylene is also commonly used for international transportation of some food and drinkstuffs, including concentrated orange juice.

Polypropylene is also BPA and phthalates free.


"In the past few years, researchers have linked phthalates to asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity and type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues."

A list of the various limitations of the different plastics regarded as "food safe" can be found here:

Chemical Compatibility information for "food safe" plastics may also be found here:

Plastics For Food and Drink (Food Grade)

Which Plastics Are Safe?

"Tins and cans are often lined with resins that contain BPA and ready meals are often packaged in plastics that contain BPA and other bisphenols. Some food and drinks, such as jams, pie fillings, beers and pickles, contain parabens. These chemicals act as preservatives, but are also believed to disrupt our hormones."

(apologies for title error - can't seem to get the right staff these days!)

Last edited by grimstock; 30-05-2018 at 03:54 PM.
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