What Breaks Down Melamine Resin?

Besides an improper manufacturing process, the thermoset plastic in melamine resin, while normally stable, can be at risk of breaking down into its toxic elements (including formaldehyde and urea) when exposed to high temperatures, such as the oven or the microwave.

This possibility of toxic breakdown means you should never put your melamine dishware into your oven or reheat food on it in your microwave.

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