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Busting 2 Common Myths About Plastic Food Packaging
Busting 2 Common Myths About Plastic Food Packaging
July 03, 2019

The use of plastics has been around for a long time, with products such as transparent packaging boosting the profitability of many businesses. Due to the ubiquity of plastics, there have been many innovations to produce varieties that are eco-friendlier and more recyclable. Yet, even with these innovations, common myths and misconceptions about plastics still prevail

Be on the watch for these two common myths about plastic packaging:

Myth #1: Plastic transparent packaging and containers are harmful to food products

This myth comes from the idea that plastics can release dioxins. While the FDA has not found any evidence that these packaging or containers have dioxins, this is a claim that has carried on for decades.

With the increased food security and health standards that are adhered to today, almost no plastics used in packing food products such as transparent packaging does not contain the chemical substances that form dioxins. Furthermore, this toxin is produced by combustion at extremely high temperatures and not at room or freezing temperatures.

Myth #2: Plastic food packages and containers are made with orthophthalates.

While orthophthalates, most commonly known as phthalates, are used as additives in some plastic products, particularly PVC, they are not used in transparent packaging for food. Phthalates are used to make some types of plastics soft and flexible such as in vinyl flooring, cables, or wires but not in food containers. Most food packages and storage items, particularly transparent packaging, do not require softening agents. And in cases where some special plastic food packs are made from PVC, the softeners used are not phthalates but rather adipates and citrates.

These misconceptions are just some of those false claims made about food plastic packaging. The fact is, plastic packaging remains the most affordable and versatile form of packaging today, and modern innovations have greatly helped plastic producers make their products more eco-friendly.

This was really informative. It's good to get all sides of the conversation.
Posted by: Samuel | July 16, 2019, 10:32 am
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