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Microwaving plastic

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PaulRobinsonsWoodenLeg · 22/09/2020 21:56

Please help me resolve this disagreement!

DH maintains that all plastic food containers designed for hot food are microwave safe in the UK eg plastic takeaway containers. He says that if it's likely the food will be reheated it is legally required that the container must be made from microwave safe plastic.

I disagree and say that only plastic with the microwave safe logo has been tested to UK standards and deemed safe. The takeaway containers we reuse don't display this logo so are not deemed safe to microwave. (It may be safe, it just hasn't been tested to those standards). DH says the logo isn't necessary as it's automatically safe by virtue of this legal requirement for hot food that I've never heard of before.

I appreciate this isn't the most fascinating of topics but it's driving me mad that I can't find any UK based guidance to back me up! There are several US studies and recommendations but he won't accept them as he says US standards are different to ours.

Is there anyone out there who works in the food packaging industry and could provide a definitive answer? Thanks in advance 😀

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Weedsnseeds1 · 22/09/2020 22:04

They have to comply with EU 1935/2004
As they are designed to hold hot food, they will be tested to ensure that they don't cause harm to the food under conditions of normal use, so should be fine in a microwave

PaulRobinsonsWoodenLeg · 22/09/2020 22:28

Thanks @Weedsnseeds1, this must be the requirement DH is talking about. I couldn't find any reference to it in my previous Google searches, only US based guidance. I'll look into it a bit more.

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