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Is melamine dinnerware microwave safe?

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The FDA states, "Foods and drinks should not be heated on melamine-based dinnerware in microwave ovens." When melamine comes in contact with acidic foods and is heated to a temperature of 160 degrees fahrenheit or higher, the chemical compounds can leach out into food.

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The Natural Resources Defense Council advises against heating food in anything other than glass or ceramic containers in the microwave. Even plastic containers labeled "microwave-safe" can leach micro-amounts of chemicals into foods. The term "microwave-safe" means that the amount leached is at levels far below those shown to cause health effects, and that the container does not melt or crack in the microwave.

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