Baby Food Safe – Not Just for Babies
Are all plastic food storage containers alike?
Not at all. The quality can vary based on the raw materials and additives used, the country of origin and
the manufacturing standards of that country, and the quality standards of the manufacturer. The design of
the food storage container is also important, since some have nooks and crannies that are difficult to clean
and can harbor food residue and bacteria. Some are certified safe by objective third parties, and others are
Why are many people questioning the safety of plastic food storage containers?
Many people have heard about Bisphenol A (BPA). Used in some plastics but not others, BPA has weak but
detectable hormone-like properties which have raised concerns about its presence in consumer products
and the foods contained in them. A 2010 report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raised
concerns about exposing fetuses, infants and young children to BPA. In the European Union and Canada,
BPA use is banned in baby bottles.
Why not use glass food storage containers instead of plastic?
Glass containers are heavier and bulkier, and an airtight seal is problematic in an all-glass design. They are
also breakable, a safety concern for anyone, but especially when used by or around children.
What does it mean to say that a plastic food storage container is “baby food safe?”
“Baby food safe” represents the highest level of quality and food safety in plastic food storage containers.
In some countries, a plastic storage container can be certified “baby food safe” if it is BPA-free and meets
additional exacting standards of food safety.
Are “baby food safe” containers just for baby food?
No, “baby food safe” means that the product meets the highest food safety standards for plastic food
storage containers. If it’s safe for baby food, it’s safe for any food.
If a plastic food storage container does not contain BPA, is it automatically considered
“baby food safe?”
No, the absence of BPA is just one of many criteria that must be met for “baby food safe” certification.
How do I know if a plastic food storage container is baby food safe?
Different countries have different standards. Clip & Close by Emsa is manufactured in Germany, which has
stricter manufacturing and food safety standards than the U.S. Clip & Close is certified “baby food safe” by
Wessling Laboratorien GmbH in Germany. There is no higher standard of food safety on the market for
plastic storage containers. Frieling USA, which markets German-made Clip & Close by Emsa in the United
States, publishes this site to respond to frequently asked questions about food storage container safety.