Plastic containers are a lot of interest from the community because they are cheap and practical for storing food. Nowadays, many food or beverage containers are sold on the market from very small sizes to large sizes but have very low quality.
It should be noted that low-quality plastic containers contain chemicals, besides the presence of plumbum or lead which can be found in plastic products. These chemicals can poison and damage brain tissue. It’s okay to save food in a plastic container that meets health standards.
Here’s a guide to storing food in a plastic container.
- When buying, you should smell the aroma whether the smell of plastic is stinging or not. If should not be bought because the plastic container that smells pungent if used to store food is worried that the container contains dangerous chemicals that easily contaminate food.
- It’s best to choose plastic containers that have a recycling code. Usually located at the bottom of the product. In the middle of the recyclingcode there are numbers 1 to 7. What is considered safe are numbers 2, 4 and 5. Number 1 can only be used once, while numbers 3,6 and 7, should be avoided because the plastic content can endanger health.
- Plastic containers should be easy to open and close. Some plastic containers are not suitable for use for children because the process of opening and closing is quite troublesome even though the density is very high.
- Choose those that are resistant to load pressure, so that are not easily damaged and food or drinks are stored properly.
- Food grade information must be added with the SNI logo on the packaging, which means that it meets health requirements.
- Able to protect food or drink properly which is marked with maximum density so that when behind food or drink is not easily spilled. And in a few hours or days the food does not change color or smell.
- Don’t use plastic containers to store greasy food. Because it is worried that a chemical process will occur between oil and plastic.
- Never put hot food or drinks in a plastic container. And do not place plastic containers in places exposed to direct sunlight or in rooms with temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius.
- If you often use plastic containers to store food or drinks, pay attention to whether the color fades or not. If the color has faded we need to be careful because it might be caused by the reaction of additives in plastic that enter into food or drink. Immediately replace the container with a food grade container.
Those are some tips for using plastic containers. Hopefully this information useful for you and your family.