Tupper ware with #3 on bottom...is this safe

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    bvarmstrnposted 8 years ago

    Tupper ware with #3 on bottom...is this safe

  2. dabeaner profile image56
    dabeanerposted 8 years ago

    It's plastic.  Who knows if it is really safe or not?  Especially beware of heating stuff in plastic bowls or bowls with a plastic cover.  Plastic vapor and plastic breakdown products can be toxic.

    Why not GLASS?  Like Pyrex.

    BTW, those little numbers on the bottom of plastic goods is to indicate what type of plastic they are made of, so that recyclers supposedly know what do with discarded plastic.

    That is just another stupid "feel-good" environmental regulation.  Who pays attention that crap?

  3. Jeffrey Poehlmann profile image77
    Jeffrey Poehlmannposted 8 years ago

    The short answer is that plastics with the recycling code 3 on the bottom are most likely not safe for food storage.

    From my hub at http://hubpages.com/hub/Safe-Plastics-V … e-Plastics

    Code 3: Polyvinyl Chloride, or PVC / Vinyl. This material, used often in flooring and shower curtains, as well as household water pipes (primarily for evacuation only - they should never be used to bring fresh water into the home), used to be used in cling wraps. The plastics industry is adamant that the type of PVC currently used in cling wraps does not contain the phthalates that are known endocrine disrupters. However, these phthalates may still be present in PVC bottles and toys. There was recent information that many baby teethers were also made from PVC, due to its soft flexibility. PVC or vinyl items should never be given to a baby or child who may put them in his or her mouth.