Doctors warn against dangerous chemicals found in plastic

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- In a report released by the American Academy of Pediatricians, doctors revealed growing evidence against dangerous chemicals in food coloring and packaging materials.

These dangerous chemicals are released when plastic is heated up or run through the dishwasher.

The report warns that plastics with recycling codes 3 for phthalates, 6 for styrene, and 7 for bisphenols should be avoided.

A pediatrician in the Valley said parents should consider alternatives to plastic.

"If you have to heat food or drinks, we want you to use glass containers for heating and storing," said Mary Moster, a nurse practitioner at The Valley Children's Clinic.

"We always look for BPA free containers if you do have to use plastic."