Are FoodSaver and Seal-a-Meal Bags Safe?

Are FoodSaver and Seal-a-Meal Bags SafeToday we’re tackling another great suggestion submitted by one of our readers:  what type of plastic are Foodsaver and Seal-a-Meal vacuum bags made from and is it safe?

We spoke with Jarden Consumer Solutions, who happens to make both products, and confirmed that all of their 5 ply vacuum bags are made from poly nylon plastic.  They explained that the bags are a polyethylene/nylon blend and all  bags are BPA-free.   And they are made without PVC and phthalates as well.  This is great news for folks who buy their food in bulk and freeze extras for future use!

Photo credit: Jarden Consumer Solutions

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  • Anna

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I have been wondering about this for months (now that I am a FoodSaver owner)! I cannot thank you enough for saving me the time of all that research! THANK YOU!

    • handbags manufacturer

      Sure, a Seal-a-Meal Bags Safer.

  • Mommy Is Green

    I was recently just thinking about this because I own a FoodSaver. Thank you for saving me the research time! 🙂

  • Karma

    Thanks so much!!

  • You're all very welcome! It was a surprisingly easy task to accomplish. Even though the product materials aren't listed on their website, Jarden didn't beat around the bush about what type of plastic they used in their vacuum bags. It was a very pleasant phone call!

    • Susan

      All of the bags I have found for these vacuum devices, brand name and generic, are made in China. I’m sure these companies have high standards. But when you manufacture your product in a country with horrible polluted water and air, how can you be sure they are safe? I do not use anything made in China in my kitchen.

  • Amanda Crum

    I am so glad to hear this report, as well! I have been selling Foodsaver bags for over 5 years now and I have not heard of any issues. For those of you who love them (like I do!) I sell them in customizable quantities and 1/4 of $ at http://www.thevakshack.com or on eBay at Vac-Pak-Store. Mention where you saw the post and ill give you 15% discount =)

    • Momofboys

      Yours don’t seem to be the same brand as either if the ones they researched, though. So, it seems your brand would require its own research.

  • Bee

    I'm happy to hear (well, read) this since I own a Seal-a-Meal… 🙂 This being said, it only concerns the bags. The Seal-a-meal system also has containers that you vaccuum seal and I'm wondering what those are made of… I stopped using them just because…. 😉
    I wish someone would also come up with an eco-friendly zip freezer bag already…

  • siobhanlo

    they do!

    Natural Value re-closeable sandwich bags. No PVCs or plasticizers in any Natural Value plastic products.

    I'm not sure if they do freeezer bags as robust as the ziplok, but they are definitely just fine and free of all the bad stuff. Recycled boxes too!

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  • Mitch

    Thanks for your obviously unbiased comments, all of you employees… Enjoy the plastic poisons

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I have been wondering about this for months (now that I am a FoodSaver owner)! I cannot thank you enough for saving me the time of all that research! THANK YOU!http://www.infowowgold.com

  • H in the house

    That’s good to know that they are not supposed to contain BPA, PVC, and phalates, however, they are Made in China! I don’t trust any products made in China. China is known to take shortcuts in the manufacturing process if they can get away with it. If they can put melamine in baby’s milk, then when they were caught with lead in children’s toys, they substituted cadmium, a much more toxic chemical, think what else they can do for other things.

  • LookingForStorage

    You have to watch where you buy. Some of the bags are made in Canada. Just check the box!

  • Marie Chan

    I’m happy to hear this news. Now i can continue using food saver. Thanks for the info.

  • Shopping around

    I’m trying to make a decision about whether to use this product. What about the fact that the method is heat sealing? It seems like melting plastic would leach into the stored food. 

  • aqua

    VERY NICE POST,THANKS FOR SHARING,I REALLY LIKE THIS SPACE,THANKS AGAIN

  • 0908beany

    the bags are now made in china!   your food may be contaminated from their enviroment in china? remember  
    the bad dog food and the sheetrock. Big business just wants to make more money. I will look for another brand of food storage that makes the bags in this country.

  • 0908beany

    the bags are now made in china!   your food may be contaminated from their enviroment in china? remember  
    the bad dog food and the sheetrock. Big business just wants to make more money. I will look for another brand of food storage that makes the bags in this country.

  • 0908beany

    the bags are now made in china!   your food may be contaminated from their enviroment in china? remember  
    the bad dog food and the sheetrock. Big business just wants to make more money. I will look for another brand of food storage that makes the bags in this country.

  • Thefeet

    thank you so much! I am new to this Vacuum-seal thing but been loving it! I have been preparing all kinds of things from freshly sliced carrots in boil-and-bag situations to Beef Jerky! It is nice to know you can seal your veggies with a bit of butter/spices-of-choice and freeze them sealed and then drop them into a pot of boiling water and serve with exploding flavors! LOVE IT!

  • Thefeet

    H in the house,

    Class-action. Click File(if using firefox click firefox button) then “Save Page As”. Save this page. Read the box your bags came in. Contact the manufacturer. Don’t just take our word for it. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH. Call/contact:

    The Holmes Group, Inc.
    One Holmes Way Milford, MA 01757 USA

    And my box says “Made in Korea”

    I don’t have the address to Kim Jung Ill but i’m wondering if these were made in North or South Korea? Maybe the above address will shed light.

    Google is your friend. Call the company!!!

    Jeez! (sorry for sarcasm)

  • Gale Hess

    China sells ingredients that go into plastics to the USA and to all other countries. Bags made in the USA, of foreign-sourced materials, are labeled “Made in USA.” Chinese companies lie every day of the year, selling products full of cancer-causing and worse chemicals. A good friend did a study in China, even the agricultural fields are so polluted with manufacturing waste that their study had to be thrown out. Those are facts, until you get involved and talk to senators, companies and your neighbors to encourage them to also get involved, your families will continue to suffer. Quite wasting time on the internet and do something about it! You can! Form a facebook group, get people moving, whatever it takes.

  • Gale Hess

    Useless propaganda from the Foodsaver site Q&A: “Yes. The bags are made of materials that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined to be safe for food use.”

    This is a meaningless, BS line. The FDA allows BPA and many proven dangerous chemicals that people who have survived cancer are told to avoid, because they grow cancer and disrupt hormone function. The EU doesn’t allow a lot of things that the FDA approves, why? Is the FDA is bought and paid for by corporations?

    On my box of bags it says the BPA and Phalate layers don’t touch the food…. which may be the case, to start… those chemicals leach right into the food. Fact. Such BS. I guess I’ll try the non-chinese labeled bags and try to eat more vegetables.

  • Chelsea Haynes

    My Husband boils Ribs in the bag for 1 hour or so is this safe?

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