Plates distributed by WIC deemed fire hazard

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind—The Indiana Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program has instructed clients to discard nutrition education plates.

The nutrition education plates have dividers and labels that show the correct portion sizes for different food groups.

WIC has distributed approximately 8,600 plates across Indiana since June of 2018.

Two plates have reportedly caught fire in a microwave.

“The safety of Indiana WIC clients is our top priority. We urge all clients to return these plates to their WIC clinic or destroy them immediately,” said Eldon Whetstone, assistant commissioner for the Health and Human Services Commission at the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).

According Whetstone, the labels on the defective plates contain aluminum, which is not safe for microwave use.

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