Dairy has many opportunities for plastic contamination For dairy products, we created an ultra-strict sourcing protocol that assumed that the introduction of plastic chemicals into the dairy food chain begins with the milking process. That strict protocol had to be drastically altered will be described below. To consumers, the most obvious connection between plastic and […]
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Even if we had solved the reproducibility conflicts with our “close to source, minimum contamination” plans for milk, the final problem was the fact that the only small-production cream separator we could find was full of plastic parts and “stainless steel” that was actually aluminum. That despite the fact that the seller said it contained […]
For treating wooden cutting boards, in our dietary intervention lab/kitchen, we used olive oil packaged in glass from a local supplier who has minimal plastic components in their oil-making mill. While some food sources suggest that vegetable-based oils will somehow turn rancid in contact with water, we found no evidence of this. We washed and […]
To avoid possible plastic contamination in the milk samples we sent for Mass Spec testing, we used glass bottles and aluminum foil to prevent sample contact with the plastic cap. This technique also works well in the kitchen when glass storage containers have plastic lids.
Like most ground spices, pepper experiences significant plastic contact during processing and packaging. Use whole spices and grind your own.
Remember that every abrasion, every knife cut on a plastic cutting board will produce microplastic particles. Tight-grain maple avoids plastic + the fewer glue joints the better. Bamboo has many glue joints, plus the raw material undergoes extensive processing.