Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Plastic protection

10 June 2016, 09:38

It’s not yet clear if the small amounts of Bisphenol A and other plastics we’re exposed to from food containers pose a significant health risk, but there is ongoing concern - especially when it comes to exposures in babies and small kids, who are more vulnerable to the effects of toxins.

Until we know more it’s a sensible precaution to cut back on using plastics with food where possible and practical. Less plastic production and waste is better for the environment too.

Read Also:Teargas: what it does to you and how to deal with it

General tips:

* Don’t heat food or drinks in plastic containers - this accelerates the leaching of chemicals out of the plastic. 

* Avoid re-using plastic cold drink bottles. As plastic gets older, it starts to break down, especially if it undergoes a lot of rough wear, and is taken in and out of the fridge or freezer repeatedly. There’s also a risk of bacterial contamination with re-using bottles.

* Discard plastic food containers that are scratched – these can harbour germs and are more likely to leach chemicals.

* Limit canned food in the diet: cans are lined with a thin layer of plastic.

* Make more use of glass, ceramic and stainless steel food and drink containers.

* Avoid plastic food containers stamped with the number 3, 6 or 7, or 'PC' (polycarbonate), as these contain BPA or other chemicals of concern.

 - Olivia Rose-Innes, EnviroHealth Editor.

- Health24


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
DP Ruto accuses Raila of selling ...

DP Wiliam Ruto has castigated Raila Odinga for seeking western support to fund his 2017 election bid. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Peter Kenneth announces Uhuru 201...

Peter Kenneth has announced that he will support President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 elections. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Ukambani MP quits Jubilee, to run...

An Ukambani MP has quit the Jubilee Party, citing voter apathy as his reason behind leaving the ruling coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Government launches probe into Po...

The government has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that could have led to two National Police Service helicopter accidents in August and September this year. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...