Plastic Uses & Benefits

Find information on the wide variety of plastics used in hundreds of household and consumer products.

Safety Information

Food Packaging


A number of plastics are used to package, deliver, store or serve foods and drinks. Plastics used in food packaging are chosen precisely because they do a good job: they are considered inert and chemically resistant to the outside environment and the foods and beverages themselves. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carefully reviews materials to be used in food contact before allowing them on the market using a rigorous safety standard. Since all materials in contact with foods can have tiny amounts of substances transfer into the food, the FDA reviews scientific tests to determine how much is transferred and that any transfer does not pose a risk to human health.