RE: Plastic containers for formalin-fixed tissues

From:"Smith, Allen"

I have used many different containers for fixation.  I have never found a plastic container that could not stand 48 hours exposure to 10% formalin.

Allen A. Smith, Ph.D.
Barry University
School of Graduate Medical Sciences
    Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Miami Shores, Florida  33161-6695

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2002 2:17 PM
To: 'HistoNet Server'
Subject: Plastic containers for formalin-fixed tissues

Does anyone have any experience with clear plastic contains such as the ones found on the following website:


I contacted the company about using the small containers to store formalin-fixed tissues but they were unable to tell me if the plastic could stand up to 10% formalin.  (One of our techs has extremely small hands and cannot open the traditional opaque plastic contains with yellow lids that are specifically designed for this use.)


Thanks in advance,



Tanya D. Lemire, DVM, Diplomate ACVP

Animal Disease Research & Diagnostic Laboratory

South Dakota State University

Veterinary Science Department

Box 2175, North Campus Drive

Brookings, South Dakota  57007-1396

(605) 688-5643 (office)

(605) 688-6003 (fax)



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