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Is PP Board Safe and Can It Come into Contact with Food? A Guide to Polypropylene Plastic

If you have ever used a yogurt container, a microwaveable meal tray, or a cutting board, chances are you have encountered PP board. PP board, also known as polypropylene board or polypropylene plastic, is a versatile and durable material that has many applications in various industries, especially food-related ones. But is PP board safe and can it come into contact with food? In this article, we will explore the properties, benefits, and potential risks of PP board for food contact.

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What is PP board and what is it made of?

PP board is a type of plastic that is made of polypropylene resin. Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer that is derived from petroleum. It can be molded into different shapes and colors by using heat and pressure. PP board is a co-extruded product that consists of three layers: a central thermoformed core and two flat, compact external skins. The external skins are smooth and corona-treated to provide outstanding printing performance.

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Why is PP board suitable for food contact?

PP board has several properties that make it ideal for food contact, such as:

  • Moisture and chemical resistance. PP board does not absorb water or react with most acids, bases, solvents, or detergents. This means it can prevent moisture loss or gain in food products and protect them from contamination or spoilage.
  • Non-toxic and hypoallergenic. PP board does not contain harmful chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, or dioxins. It is also unlikely to cause allergic reactions or irritations in humans or animals.
  • High melting point and low flammability. PP board can withstand temperatures up to 160°C (320°F) without deforming or releasing toxic gases. It is also resistant to ignition and does not support combustion.
  • Recyclable and eco-friendly. PP board can be easily recycled into new products or energy. It is also lightweight and durable, which reduces the amount of material and energy needed for production and transportation.
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How is PP board used for food-related purposes?

PP board has many uses for food-related purposes, such as:

  • Food trays and containers. PP board can be used to make disposable or reusable trays and containers for various types of food, such as meat, cheese, fruits, vegetables, snacks, desserts, etc. PP board can also be used to make lids, dividers, inserts, or labels for these trays and containers.
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  • Cutting boards and utensils. PP board can be used to make cutting boards and utensils that are hygienic, easy to clean, and resistant to scratches, stains, odors, or bacteria. PP board can also be used to make other kitchenware such as bowls, cups, plates, etc.
  • Disposable plates and cups. PP board can be used to make disposable plates and cups that are sturdy, lightweight, and microwaveable. PP board can also be used to make straws, stirrers, forks, spoons, knives, etc.
  • Food labels and tags. PP board can be used to make food labels and tags that are waterproof, tear-resistant, and printable. PP board can also be used to make barcodes, QR codes, RFID tags, etc.
    PP spoonWhat are the potential concerns or drawbacks of using PP board for food contact?

PP board is generally considered safe for food contact by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, some potential concerns or drawbacks of using PP board for food contact include:

  • Possible leaching of additives or contaminants. Although PP board does not contain BPA or phthalates, it may contain other additives or contaminants that could leach into food under certain conditions such as high temperature or acidity. For example, some studies have found that BPA-free plastics such as polypropylene could release bisphenol S (BPS) or bisphenol F (BPF), which may have similar effects as BPA on human health.
  • Limited biodegradability and compostability. Although PP board can be recycled into new products or energy, it cannot be biodegraded or composted in natural environments. This means that if PP board is not properly disposed of, it could end up in landfills or oceans, where it could take hundreds of years to break down or harm wildlife.
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  • Potential environmental impact of plastic waste. PP board is part of the global plastic problem that contributes to climate change, pollution, and resource depletion. According to a 2017 study, only 9% of all the plastic waste ever created has been recycled, while the rest has been incinerated, dumped, or accumulated in the environment.

How to choose and use PP board for food contact safely and responsibly?

PP board is a safe and convenient material for food contact, but it should be used with caution and care. Here are some tips and recommendations for choosing and using PP board for food contact safely and responsibly:

  • Check the quality and certification of PP board products. Look for PP board products that are made of high-quality polypropylene resin and have passed the safety standards and tests of reputable organizations such as the FDA, the EPA, or the NSF. Avoid PP board products that are cheap, low-quality, or counterfeit.
  • Avoid high temperatures and abrasive cleaning methods. Do not use PP board products for cooking or baking, as they could melt or release harmful substances. Do not use PP board products in the dishwasher, as they could warp or crack. Do not use harsh or abrasive cleaners or scrubbers on PP board products, as they could damage or scratch them.
  • Reuse or recycle PP board products whenever possible. Do not throw away PP board products after one use, as they could end up in landfills or oceans. Instead, reuse them as much as possible for the same or different purposes. If you cannot reuse them, recycle them properly according to your local recycling guidelines. If you cannot recycle them, dispose of them responsibly in a trash bin.
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PP board is a safe and versatile material that can come into contact with food. It has many properties and benefits that make it suitable for food-related purposes, such as moisture and chemical resistance, non-toxicity and hypoallergenicity, high melting point and low flammability, and recyclability and eco-friendliness. However, PP board also has some potential concerns and drawbacks that should be considered, such as possible leaching of additives or contaminants, limited biodegradability and compostability, and potential environmental impact of plastic waste. Therefore, PP board should be chosen and used carefully and responsibly for food contact. By following some simple tips and recommendations, you can enjoy the convenience and functionality of PP board without compromising your health or the environment.

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