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From packaging that helps prevent foodborne illness to toddler gates, helmets, seatbelts and airbags—plastics contribute to our safety throughout the day, every day. 

Because plastics are so integral to our daily lives, it’s important to have reliable information on the safety of these products and how best to use them. Recent media reports have looked into the safety of plastics that come into contact with foods and beverages. 

Consumers should know that all plastics intended for food use must meet stringent FDA safety standards before they can be marketed to consumers. To help evaluate the safety of our food, FDA reviews safety information on food packaging materials, including whether tiny amounts of substances could potentially migrate from a package into its contents.

If you have questions about specific plastics or products, the following resources can help you find answers.

Facts About BPA

Click here to learn more about the safety of products made with BPA or polycarbonate.

Chemical Safety Facts for Plastics

This website provides consumers information on chemical products used in daily life. Click here to learn more about plastics. Use the search feature to look up a particular type of chemistry.

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Plastics Statistics

The Plastics Industry Producers Statistics Group (PIPS) provides relevant, timely, comprehensive and extensive business statistics on the plastic resins industry.

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The Plastics Make it Possible® Tiny House shows how plastic building materials can reduce energy use, improve durability, and ease maintenance–while saving homeowners money on energy bills.