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How safe is your food in a plastic box?

Anurima
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How safe is your food in a plastic box

Plastic- A product found in each and every household, whether in the form of a bag, a bottle or a container. We all are aware of the damage plastic can cause to the environment as it is a product that takes years to decompose. We all are aware that the chemicals from plastic can find their way into the food chain causing health hazards but …. But how often do we stop to think any of the following?


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hamsa

| May 10, 2017

very informative blog..

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AmiSha Ronak Shah

| Aug 22, 2016

very informative...... but what about Tupperware n school tiffins n bottles ..

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shamna musthafa

| Mar 13, 2016

What about tupper ware?? Wats the symbols?

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shamna musthafa

| Mar 13, 2016

What about tupper ware??

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Amita Arora

| Oct 19, 2015

Very informative ...

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Sheetal Doshi

| Sep 07, 2015

V. Important information , we should try to change now .

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preeti vaid

| Jul 31, 2015

Normally in offices, you have microwave for heating food. What should be done. Is it safe to use microwaves safe containers or plates for heating food.

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Piyali Basak

| Jul 16, 2015

Excellent blog... really helpful...

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Sivakumar

| May 07, 2015

Please look for the following in a plastic containers/ storage - BPA free, Grade 5 and also ask for virgin plastics. All the qualities ensure that the plastic that we use is of a very high quality and non toxic. These products will be little premium but very safe and reliable. Very few brands are available in india.

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Anjali Bhardwaj

| May 07, 2015

Very informative article.

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mrs rashmi

| May 04, 2015

Nice nd informative article. .use tupperware and signoraware...

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sarika jain

| May 04, 2015

Informative article..

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Shuchi

| Apr 10, 2015

Great article! Does anyone know if it is safe to store hot food (like parantha) in an aluminium foil

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nidhi

| Apr 10, 2015

Excellent blog

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purnima

| Apr 10, 2015

Thanks Arunima. ...really interesting article to make one aware about plastic. ....Thanx dear

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Kiran

| Feb 21, 2015

very nice article that brings awareness to lot of plastic users.. thanks a lot...

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Ishta

| Sep 23, 2014

Kudos to Arunima for sharing such an important information with us. In today's world it is impossible to avoid the plastic completely but at least we can minimise its use to a great extent. This will not only help us but will prevent our environment also

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Taruna Khanijow

| Sep 19, 2014

Thanks Anurima for very informative blog. I love reading this article and got worried about my and my family health. I am thinking of replacing my office lunch with steel ones. I am currently using tupperware for fruits and lunch. Please confirm whether it is ok to carry fruits in tupperware/signaware. What about curd? Is it ok to use tupperware plastic box in microwave at office? Because we have plastic plates in our office. So for heating the food, either we have to use tupperware or office plastic plates. We store dry items (such as sooji, daliya, rice etc) all in plastic boxes, would it be fine to store these items in plastic boxes. I feel that it is very difficult to get rid of plastic bags/box from kitchen as we are so dependent on them.

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Juhi

| Aug 26, 2014

Thanks for sharing the useful information.

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Anurima

| Jul 04, 2014

Dear Deepti, the colder the food is before you move it to a plastic container, the better. Hot food may cause the chemicals from the plastic to leak into the food. So if you can wait for the food to cook down completely before transferring it into the plastic container, then please do so :)

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Anurima

| Jul 04, 2014

Dear Toshi, here is a link with the symbols and names of each type of plastic. Believe me, it doesnt take time to memorize them :) Have a look here: http://www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/at-home/recycle-right/what-do-the-numbers-and-symbols-on-plastics-mean

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Toshi

| Jul 02, 2014

Very useful information Anurima. Thanks for sharing. Were there any pictures in this blog? A few times you have mentioned following symbols must be checked, but dont see any.

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mythili

| Jul 02, 2014

Gd and informative article, will not use them esp when it cms to my kid.

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Deepti Jayyavarpu

| Jul 01, 2014

Hi after i cook i let the the food get warm and then pack them in tupper ware box is it ok or should i let the food get cold or room temperature

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nishita

| May 15, 2014

Very good article. Pls mums stop using plastic to. store food. Over time it really causes problems. Uses glass boxes. Also for kids dont send plastic water bottles to school . Use steel bottles. Its much safer.

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Shilpa

| Jan 24, 2014

No matter even the best brands of plastic have the ill effects to some extent. It is our responsibility to avoid the usage as much as possible. Dont know why government takes no steps to ban the manufacture of plastics when the usage poses health issues as well as environmental hazards. When plastic is not available, people dont use them. Plastic covers used in curry points specially is dangerous as they r of low quality with hot stuff inside!. Lets all join hands to avoid the usage or atleast mimnimise .. Poor animals n birds also suffer from human deeds by throwing this waste into water sources. Tip: stick to good old methods of packing, eating and dispensing. Use. Ceramic/ porcelain or glass for reheatin in microwave. For kids dont use them for any purpose. Stiick to alternatives , they too will carry that habit forward.

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Anurima

| Dec 12, 2013

Dear Monika, as suggested in the blog, you may use white or light coloured plastic boxes as the chances of chemicals leaking into the food are greatly reduced. The reason being, coloured boxes need more chemicals for the colours whereas white boxes do not have any harmful dyes. Another alternative could be that you prepare the food and leave it to cool a little before putting it into the lunch box. This also reduces the chances of the temperature affecting the components in the box. Please ensure to discard the lunch box at the first signs of wear and tear. Keeping these points in mind helps reduce exposure to the chemicals in plastic boxes. I understand how important a role plastic containers play in our day to day lives. Hope this helps Monika.

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Monika Kohli

| Dec 04, 2013

Also pl. share the other alternatives, if any

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Monika Kohli

| Dec 04, 2013

Very informative and useful blog. what about the lunch boxes of our kids of any brand, whether safe because in the morning when the lunch is packed its pretty hot and as per this blog the chemical available in the plastic may cause health hazards to our kids.... kindly explain

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Hiral

| Nov 18, 2013

Very informative article

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asha

| Nov 08, 2013

good article. very useful.

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Charuta Modak

| Oct 14, 2013

Good article!! Indeed plastic utensils should not be used to store or carry hot food because it has been proved that on heating chemicals of plastic seep into the food which are cancerous. Best to use are metal containers like steel, bronze, copper coated like the ones our grandparents have used in our villages. They pose lesser risk.

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aparna

| Sep 10, 2013

Excellent blog... wld love to hve another followup with easier and safer alternatives for plastics in different daily life situations. Thoroughly researched n informative article and something we all hve been worried about evry nw n then. Thnx!

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Neetu Ralhan

| Jul 10, 2013

Anurima this a great blog. Thank you for the information!

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Anurima

| Jul 09, 2013

Dear Arthy, tupperware is undoubtedly a good brand and you may use the bottles. However, if you notice signs of discoloration, wear & tear or if the bottles suffer any damage (dents or melts due to heat), you know its time to replace them! Moreover, it is important not to pour in hot liquids into the bottles.

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preeti

| Jun 28, 2013

Thank you for the above information.

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Arthy

| Jun 27, 2013

well shared information can you tell me whether tupperware water bottles are good to use?

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Arthy

| Jun 27, 2013

well shared information can you tell me whether tupperware water bottles are good to use?

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shrimathy Nayan

| Jun 26, 2013

very informative good...

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Anupama

| Jun 25, 2013

very informative... we all are so pro using plastic containers... guess time to avoid them

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Anurima

| Jun 24, 2013

Dear Preethi. Tupperware is a good brand, however, in my research for the blog, I have come across a fact that over time there is definitely some amount of seepage from the plastics into the food especially when the food is hot. To be on the safe side, you may heat the food in a glass bowl or on the gas in a steel vessel. Plastic containers do not pose any risk when cold food (when food is completely cooled and then transferred into them) is stored in them in the refrigerator or for storing dry ingredients such as uncooked rice, dal etc.

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Tina Acharya

| Jun 22, 2013

Very very informative....... Cheers

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Preethi Srinivas

| Jun 20, 2013

Informative article . I use lot of Tupperware but I use few Tupperware containers in micro oven for a min to warm . Is it still harmfull???

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gaurima

| Jun 20, 2013

Very practically useful info!!!

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