In the world of plastic tarts, one of the most popular varieties has a nasty secret: it can harbor mold and other bacteria.
“I’m still surprised that plastic tards haven’t caught on a bit more,” said Lisa Kowalski, associate director of the plastics and recycling program at the nonprofit nonprofit Food and Water Watch.
“It’s a little surprising that there hasn’t been a concerted effort to develop more robust, safe plastic tarding,” she said.
Plastic tardies are typically made of PVC, which is plastic and has a relatively low melting point.
Plastic also contains a number of toxins.
Plastic can be contaminated by fecal matter, bacteria, and even urine.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says plastic tandys can be harmful to your health if you eat, drink, or use it.
Plastic has a long history of being a source of pollution.
In fact, plastic tands have been found in many homes around the world, including in China, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Japan.
“Plastic tardys are a huge problem because they are used for all kinds of different things, and they are ubiquitous in the environment,” Kowieski said.
“They are ubiquitous.
They are in everything, they are in people’s homes, they’re in the food supply.”
Plastic tards are not just a problem in the U.K., where the government has cracked down on plastic bags and other products containing plastic, Kowyski said, but also in Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, and other Asian countries.
Plastic is also found in all sorts of other foods, including baby bottles, shampoo bottles, and dishwashing detergent.
The FDA says plastic bags can be recycled, and some countries have plastic bags as part of their recycling program.
But the agency says plastic products can still harbor dangerous bacteria, even after being recycled.
“You have to keep in mind that plastic is a plastic and you’re still putting your health at risk,” Kower said.
A new research study from the University of Florida has found that plastics can be a source for mold.
Researchers at the school’s School of Materials Science and Engineering used polymerase chain reaction to analyze plastic and other types of materials.
The results showed that polymerase chains were able to detect and identify bacteria in a range of materials and products.
“The study demonstrates the importance of polymerase-chain reaction in the evaluation of the safety of polymers, and it’s important to continue its development to improve the detection and identification of bacteria,” said Michael Cottrell, associate professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
The researchers tested eight materials and five products, including plastic bottles and plastic dishwashing bags.
The research also showed that the bacteria were able “to grow on the polymerase substrate,” and that they were able, in fact, to grow on some of the samples.
“We believe that the detection of these bacteria on polymers and other materials is a critical step in the safety evaluation of plastic,” Cottrel said.
This is the first time the FDA has shown that a polymerase is able to recognize and kill bacteria.
The study was published online on June 26 in the journal Environmental Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
“Our data suggests that these bacteria can be killed on the surface of the polymer by the polymer as it is heated, but they can also be killed by the heat on the substrate,” said Kowy.
The plastic bottles, however, could be toxic, because of the way they’re made, she said, and that bacteria could also be present in them.
“If the plastics are heated to high temperatures, then the polymer will break down and the bacteria can become active,” Kowski said “These bacteria are able to survive at temperatures as high as 600 degrees Celsius, so they can survive at these temperatures.”
Kow and her colleagues also found that plastic bottles could harbor mold.
“That means the plastic bottles are going to have a lot of bacteria that are going in there,” she explained.
The team hopes to test more products to see if they contain the bacteria, but Kow says they’re not looking for those types of products right now.
“There’s really no way we can know whether the plastic is safe because we’re not testing them,” she added.
It’s important for consumers to know that even though plastic tardy is a problem, there’s a lot you can do to help reduce its prevalence.
“For consumers, it’s really important to understand what they’re eating, where they’re going, and how they’re using plastic,” KOW said.
If you have any questions about plastic, or have any tips on how to protect yourself, contact Food and Resources Watch at 888-580-2400.