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The Dangers of Toxic Food Containers

Posted on May 6, 2013 by in Personal Injury | 1 comment

Forget about avoiding food that gives you high cholesterol and cancer for a minute and consider what your water and healthy salads are packaged in. There’s a good chance that they are in plastic bottles, cling wrap or reusable containers, but environmentally-friendly materials does not necessarily mean human-friendly. You could be ingesting harmful toxins mixed in with your low-fat salad dressing or in your favorite reusable drinking bottle.

It is considered socially responsible to reuse containers which cannot be recycled, and these include plastic bottles and containers. Most of these are plastic, but they are not all made of the same resin. Knowing which ones are safe and which ones are not will help you avoid the necessity of suing the manufacturing company for product liability.

There are 7 different kinds of resin used in food containers. Each container is marked with the code for each resin type inside a small triangle embossed at the bottom. Some are safer than others, but it is recommended that it not be used to heat food or drinks in the microwave. This can release toxins that would otherwise have stayed inert.

#1 or PET – polyethylene terephthalate plastic is used for water, soda and some medicines

#2 or HDPE – high density polyethylene products are used for milk, motor oil, detergent and shampoo

#3 or PVC or V – polyvinyl chloride products include pipes and shower curtains

#4 or LDPE – low density polyethylene is used to manufacture cling wrap and grocery bags

#5 or PP – polypropylene can be found in yogurt tubs, bottle caps, and syrup bottles

#6 or PS – polystyrene is used for take-out containers, disposable coffee cups, and packing peanuts

#7 other – this usually refers to polycarbonate products but it also encompasses all other products made of resins not mentioned in the first 6 listed. It is usually used for medical storage containers and some water bottles

The safest of these containers are those coded #1, #2, #4 and #5. Unfortunately, some manufacturers neglect to put the code in their products, which, according to information at, may mean that if you get sick and you can trace it back to your drink or food container, you may be eligible for a product liability claim. This is because you should have been warned that this container was unsafe to reuse, and the standard warning of such a property in a food container is the coding associated with it. Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney, preferably one familiar with toxic food container cases, to learn more about the legal options that may be available to you.

1 Comment

  1. Wow, I had no idea that certain types of containers could release toxins. I will be paying more attention to this when purchasing food in the future.

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