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Zone 93535 Lancaster, CA | Newquestaw added on March 23, 2017 | Answered

Is there a danger of toxic leakage from using non food grade containers?

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Liz Baessler
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Answered on March 24, 2017

This is a pretty hotly debated topic, and depending upon who you ask, you're going to find pretty strong opinions for both sides. My opinion, however, and the opinion of many scientists, is that it's not a problem. Plastic is everywhere in our lives, and we all come into contact with non-food-grade plastic more often than we're even aware. One of the big concerns is, of course, BPA, but the scientific consensus seems to be that BPA is too big to pass easily through the cell walls of plants.

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