Similarly, Mayo Clinic dietitian, Katherine Zeratsky, discussed this same topic in a January 2009 article on the heating of plastic and the release of dioxins. Firstly, dioxins are cancer-causing substances found in soil, water, and animal fat. They are commonly created from forest fires and the burning of household trash. Reheating food in plastic, however, is also discussed as being safe from this credible source, as well . The American Cancer Society concurs, too. So…
Microwave safety tips :
– If you’re like my family and think anything with a lid is reusable storage, please be advised that margarine tubs, cottage cheese tubs, yogurt containers, and plastics of the like are typically NOT microwave-safe
– If you’re not sure whether or not a plastic is microwave-safe, play it safe and transfer it to a plate or glass dish – Remember to vent or leave open a jar any plasticware being reheated
– Use wax or parchment paper when reheating food on a plate rather than plastic wrap — plastic wrap, while being heated, should not touch food
I’m glad my corn-bulked meal was A-okay, and now I’m even more-so looking forward to those fajitas at lunchtime…reheated in styrofoam.
. Microwaving Food In Plastic: Safe or Not? The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide. July 2006.
. Zeratsky, Katherine. Does Microwaving Plastic Food Containers Cause them to Leach Dioxins into Food? MayoClinic. January 2009.