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This question came up after finding out about food grade plastic. I assume that what makes some plastics food grade and others not are some of the additives in the plastic. But why should I care one way or another? I eat the food that is in the container, not the container itself. If I get to consume part of the container, is this particular to plastics or true for other types of containers? Do I get to consume some chemicals from glassware, ceramics or clay? And now for an application specific question. I want to mix together a bunch of ingredients for making homemade beer. Due to the large volumes I need a fairly large container. One of those 20 litre paint buckets is a good size but it obviously is not designated as food grade plastic. Do I run a risk of contaminating my beer and myself? Or is the food grade plastic designation more a public safety perception thing (like life jackets in airplanes)?
Re: How does the container affect the food or drink I an consuming?
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