Doctors warn against microwaving children’s food in plastic containers

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**FOR USE WITH AP LIFESTYLES** A single-serving, microwave-ready version of Pizzania is seen, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, in Bangor, Maine. Pizzania begins with a bottom layer of thin, soft crust covered with a sauce of tomatoes, ground beef, sausage, garlic and onions. Cheese, largely mozzarella, then goes on top. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

(KRON) – Parents are advised to avoid microwaving and dishwashing plastic containers as the American Academy of Pediatrics calls for stronger federal food safety regulations. 

In a new report, pediatricians cited growing evidence against chemicals in food colorings, preservatives, and food packaging materials. 

Additionally, heating plastics (including bottles) in the microwave or running them through a dishwasher increases the chance of leaking dangerous chemicals, according to the AAP. 

The report states plastics with recycling codes 3 for phtalates, 6 for styrene, and 7 for bisphenols should be avoided. 

What’s the best container? Officials recommend glass or stainless steel packaging. 

They also suggest avoiding processed food and to remember to wash your hands and produce during food preparation. 

To see the full report, click here. 

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