Up until 2006, most plastic cling wrap was plasticized. Troubling is the fact that it contained a substance known as PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride).
The presence of this chemical has been linked to many diseases, such as breast cancer in women. It has been linked to low sperm count in men as well. So, the logical consequence that the US did was product ban. The USDA in 2006 have started several studies to examine this matter.
Plastic contains an ingredient called bisphenol A (more known as BPA), which is definitely a cause for concern, as it is a potential Endocrine system disruptor. This condition leads to body’s hormone imbalance. BPA from the plastic gets into food, water, and saliva. The contact with heat only speeds up the process.
Another shocking fact is that the US manufacturers are not requested to label the chemical ingredients used in the process of manufacturing. You should know that PVC is still one of the ingredients of plastic wrap manufactured in other countries. So, be aware of the danger of 99 cent plastic wrap. Also, all plastic wrap manufacturers confirm that plastic wrap should not be used with heat and/or the microwave.
Taking all these things in consideration, the safety of plastic wrap is questionable, so you should look for other options as a substitution for food storage. Have a look at these ones:
It is made from organic cotton muslin, Bee’s wax, Jojoba oil, and tree resin. This reusable wrap keeps your food sealed and destroys bacteria. Bee’s wax and Jojoba oil have potent antibacterial potential. But, make sure you don’t expose it to heat. The bee’s wax will be melted with the warmth of your hands. In this way, you will create a seal. Clean them with water and a mild soap. Then, air dry by hanging. The best thing about this wrap is that you can use it over and over again.
Purchase Meat from a Butcher
When buying meat, make sure you don’t choose the one that has been packed in plastic wrap for days or even weeks. The safest thing would be buying meat directly from the butcher, because they use paper wrapping.
Use Plastic Wrap Loosely
In case you must use conventional plastic wrap, you should drape it loosely over foods or dishes. Avoid fatty foods that come in plastic wrap (such as cheese). These foods tend to absorb the chemicals in the plastic more than other foods.
Never Microwave Plastic
Putting food in a microwave with plastic wrap on it is not safe. Make sure you always transfer food to a ceramic dish before you heat it.