Danny D. <***@is.invalid> wrote:
> On Mon, 13 May 2013 09:54:10 -0500, Nunya Bidnits wrote:
>> once you've washed it with gasoline, it's no longer a
>> food grade container.
> Maybe. Maybe not. It would be nice if a chemist is in
> the group as I can see reasons why and why not myself.
> For example, most often recommended goo-be-gone stuff
> is simply 95% petroleum distillates themselves:
> So, I'm not positive that one petroleum distillate is that
> much worse than another (although I am not a chemist).
> Firstly, the labels are on the OUTSIDE of the plastic container
> and the caps were on the entire time; so one could argue that
> the insides are wholly uncontaminated.
> Secondly, I did wash with a surfactant after dissolving the
> label glue with the petroleum distillate, so, one could argue
> it's as clean as you get your oily pots and pans.
> Lastly, my petroleum distillate was relatively volatile, so,
> while trace amounts might incorporate themselves into the
> plastic, most simply vaporized outside in the hot sun.
> Given that, I'm not convinced it's not food grade; however
> someone with more chemistry background and experience would
> know more than I do about this.
I'm no chemist but I wonder if you can find any food safety authority
(meaning academically accredited or legally authoritative) which condones
putting food in plastic containers which were cleaned in a non-industrial
setting with gasoline. If you don't find your (food science) chemist here,
go out and try to validate what you want to believe because there is
abundant scientifically based food safety information out there on federal,
state, local, and university research websites. I've burnt out on
researching authoritative food safety resources whenever someone posts
something like this, but it's easy to find.
On another note, taste and smell sensitivity among people varies widely, but
in my case, I doubt you can soak a plastic peanut butter container in
gasoline and then clean it so perfectly that I can't detect it. The point
being that just because you can't detect it doesn't mean others can't, and
if you've recently handled gas you may not be able to detect a trace amount.
I don't know how much you separated yourself in time and space from the gas
soaking experiment, but it's food for thought.