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Can you put plastic in the microwave?

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Most types of plastics are safe to put in a microwave oven. In fact, since microwave ovens are so common, the majority of plastic plates, bowls and cups are made specifically for that purpose.

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Not all plastics should be used in the microwave oven, however. Plastic dishes used for heating up food should be food-safe, as outlined by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Most microwave-safe plastic dishes include a statement on the packaging that they are safe for use in a microwave or dishwasher. Many are constructed so they can go straight from the freezer to the microwave.

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