Food-grade plastic is a type of plastic that is safe for storing and handling food. It is made with materials that won’t leach harmful chemicals into the food. The US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) sets the standards for what qualifies as food-grade plastic. Any plastic that is considered food-grade must comply with the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and FDA regulations.
Common Types of Food-Grade Plastic
The most common types of food-grade plastic are polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polycarbonate, and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). There are also a variety of food-grade plastics made with bioplastics, which are derived from natural materials such as cornstarch.
Uses of Food-Grade Plastic
Food-grade plastics are commonly used in food storage, packaging, and handling. It is often used in food containers, water bottles, thermoformed packages, and heavy-duty bags. Food-grade plastics are popular in the food industry because they are lightweight, durable, and chemically inert.
Advantages of Using Food-Grade Plastic
- Safe for food storage
- Lightweight and durable
- Chemically inert
- Resistant to water and air
- FDA-approved and USDA-certified
Disadvantages of Using Food-Grade Plastic
- Can contain harmful compounds (e.g. BPA)
- Can deteriorate over time
- Can be difficult to recycle
Food-grade plastic is a type of plastic that is safe for storing and handling food. It meets FDA and USDA requirements and can provide advantages for food packaging and storage. However, there are some disadvantages to using food-grade plastics, including potential health risks and difficulty with recycling.