Are Steam-in-the-Bag Veggies Safe to Microwave?

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS,
February 17, 2011

Q. I'm seeing more fresh and frozen vegetables coming in those steam-in-the-bag packages but I'm wondering whether those plastic bags contain BPA. Should I be concerned? 

A. BPA is usually used in plastics that are rigid, like water bottles, and to line metal cans. The steam-in-the-bag packages probably don't contain any BPA but when any plastic is heated or comes into contact with hot food, plastics can be transferred into the food. To be on the safe side, I think it's worth the 30 seconds it would take to dump these containers into a glass or ceramic container before microwaving. 

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