Food Safe Plastics Explained


Research has made us more aware than ever about the effect that chemicals can have on our bodies. From childrens bottles, to sandwich bags, to plastic wrap; food safe plastics have never been a bigger issue.

The two primary concerns most people hold are the chemicals bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates and epoxidised soybean oil (ESBO). These can be found in polycarbonate food containers and PVC based drink bottles for example. These are reported to be endocrine disruptors (BPA and phthalates) which can be particularly harmful to babies and children – or potential toxins (ESBO). The safe levels of these compounds is still being researched, however it is clear that BPA and phthalates have the potential to permanently affect the growth and development of children.

There good news is that there are food safe plastic alternatives to polycarbonate and PVC. Some food safe plastics include:

  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET): soft drink bottles and lightweight plastic jars.
  • High density polyethylene (HDPE): Milk bottles and yoghurt containers.
  • Low density polyethylene (LDPE): Takeaway food containers and plastic food wrap.
  • Polypropylene (PP): Butter and margarine containers.

Upac offers a range industry leading, food safe plastics to help protect your customers and provided added reassurance. Whether you need to store pharmaceuticals or preprepared vegetables, there is a Duraplas bag to suit you. Each bag can be customised to suit the size required and can be custom printed.

Upac has a number of both low density polyethylene (LDPE) and polypropylene (PP) bags to suit any application.

Our range of Duraplas LDPE polythene bags are recognised for having the most reliable and highest quality food grade presseal bags, commonly called zip lock bags or resealable bags that ensure the safe handling, protection and containment of foods, Industrial product and manufactured componentry. With a strong bottom closed seal for packaging fasteners, foods, manufactured product, painted products and more, the Duraplas range are quality guaranteed and have been in use for over 30 years in Australia. Made from virgin food grade plastic for use in food, pharmaceutical grade plastic bags, sterile packaging and contract manufacturing environments and applications.

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