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Is it safe to microwave food in plastic containers?

By Anonymous June 24, 2014 - 5:56pm
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I often reuse plastic containers and tupperware. Is this safe to place in a microwave? What about plastic wrap? Can this cause health problems? How long is it safe to microwave plastic for?

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Hi Anon

Thanks for this question! 

Yes, plastic containers are safe to use in the microwave - pre-prepared foods for the microwave are generally housed in plastic.

But what you need to look out for is the chemical called BPA - used in plastic production. A tiny amount is harmless but anymore than that can seep into your food so your best option is to avoid it altogether. Make sure your plastic containers are BPA free - you can call up the manufacturers to make sure but most are BPA free now anyway. 

As far as plastic wrap - these can contain BPA too! Check to make sure your wrap does not. 

Read both sides of the microwave debate with this great article:


I find wrap messy when microwaving and it's a pain to remove it from your food! I think a better option for you is a large, BPA free microwave cover - it looks like a large cake cover. I use one and it also keeps the microwave really clean! They can be bought in any store for groceries or home goods. 

Has this helped to answer your question, Anon?



June 25, 2014 - 10:38am
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