Public health inspectors at the Northwestern Health Unit can be a valuable resource regarding the use of plastics in contact with food. If plastic is used for an activity it was not designed for, such as heating of food in a microwave, the plastic can leach dangerous chemicals into the food.
Are plastics a health hazard?
The use of plastics in cooking and food storage can pose health risks.
Tips to protect your family:
- Use plastics that are labelled safe for food (4, 5, 1, 2)
- Don't use plastic the in microwave.
- Use alternatives to plastic containers and bottles.
For more information review the Smart Plastics Guide for ways to decrease the health risks of using plastics.
If you have questions or concerns relating to the use of plastics with food please contact a public health inspector at your local Northwestern Health Unit office.