Fire hazard tied to plates given out as part of nutrition program

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The Indiana State Department of Health is warning people participating in the Indiana Women, Infants and Children Program about a fire hazard.

The issue is with the plate that contains dividers that include labels showing the portion sizes for protein, grains, vegetables and fruits.

It is labeled as being microwave safe, but the labels on the defective plates contain aluminum, which is not safe for use in microwaves.

There are reports that two of the plates already caught fire.

Around 8,600 plates were distributed in Indiana.

People in the WIC program are being alerted to the issue.

“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.

WIC is a nutrition program, nationally recognized for improving access to nutritious foods, and promoting healthier eating and lifestyles.

The Indiana WIC Program currently serves an average of 145,000 women, infants, and children each month.