Debra Lynn Dadd

takeout food containers

QUESTION:

Hi Debra,

My husband and I live in New York City and find ourselves ordering takeout all the time. The piping hot food often arrives in plastic containers. Should we be concerned about the plastic leaching into the food?

Many thanks,
Rita

POSTED BY RITA :: RITA NISSAN :: :: NEW YORK USA :: 11/04/2008 11:08 AM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

YES. It depends on the type of container. Styrofoam is the worst.

Heat in general makes plastic outgas. Hot food really makes it leach.

If you are putting leftovers in plastic containers, you should always wait until the food cools.

See if you can find out what types of plastics are used in the take-out containers you most frequently get. Then at least you will know what you are eating and can look for better alternatives.

Debra :-)


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