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Dr Wong Kwok Onn, director of regulatory programmes department, regulatory administration group, for the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore, states that takeaway plastic food containers used at eating establishments, including hawker centres, are designed for single-use.

Such containers ought not to be used repeatedly. Their safety for their immediate intended purpose, but is not beyond what they\’re devised for.

For repeated storage of food, consumers should opt only reserved for reusable plastic food containers that have been produced for repeated use. These containers possess the sturdiness, thermal stability as well as other attributes meant for a reusable food container, he said.

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However, these reusable plastic food containers may also be at the mercy of usage, and may changed after they become discoloured or turn cloudy, or when cracks or heavy abrasions appear.

Consumers are encouraged to observe the manufacturers’ instructions to the proper use of plastic food containers and the suitability within the containers for storage of hot food.

But, if uncertain, avoid using plastic food containers to save hot food, Dr Wong says.

More information about the safe using plastic food containers, see a AVA’s?guidelines on food safety.

This article first appeared on www.straitstimes.com on September 14, 2017, using the headline “askST: How frequent can plastic containers be reused?”

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