There has been a lot written about the safety of plastic containers. However, whether or not they are completely safe still doesn’t change their low price and convience so it’s hard to never use a plastic container. The fear behind using plastic containers is derived from the fact that some plastic containers contain bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a chemical that has been linked with behavioral and neurological problems. This is why baby bottles have been of such great concern.
I recently found out that the safest plastic containers to use are the ones that have a recycling symbol with a #1, #2, or #4 on the bottom. The containers with these numbers are said to be free of BPA.
**However, regardless of number, any plastic container that has scratches should no longer be used to contain food because the scratches pose the risk of allowing other chemicals to contaminate your food. NOT GOOD!
So the safest bet is to use glass containers for food storage, but if you’re going to use plastic containers then remember the numbers 1, 2, and 4!