We received a question from a visitor to our site this week about the safety of Ziploc® bags for freezing baby food, which we thought would be a good idea to share here.
Mom Gilit had visited our page all about How to Freeze Baby Food.
On that page, we note that some parents have concerns about freezing their babies’ food in regular plastic ice cube trays, as they worry that the trays may contain BPA and potentially affect the food. BPA (bisphenol A) – which has received considerable exposure over recent months – is a chemical used in the manufacture of plastics and which has been linked to a variety of health problems.
In light of these concerns, we suggest on our How to Freeze Baby Food page a few BPA free ice trays that are specifically designed for storing baby food.
However, on the same page we discuss transferring frozen cubes to zip-top bags for storage and Gilit’s concern was that the bags themselves may not be free of BPA.
Well, the good news is that SC Johnson, the company that makes both Ziploc® brand bags and Saran ™ Wrap, states on its website that it does NOT use BPA in the manufacture of these products. This makes Ziploc® bags safe to use for the storage of homemade baby food. The same applies to GLAD® food bags, as confirmed by the company’s Bisphenol A declaration.
Some parents opt to use zip-top breast milk storage bags to store their baby food. These bags are advertised as being BPA free. Whilst this is another option to consider, you might find breast milk storage bags to be rather expensive compared to ‘regular’ zip-top bags – an expense that really isn’t justified, given the fact that the leading brand zip-top bags are BPA free.