January 18th, 2013 02:33:00 pm
A lot of people have been considering the question, Is Teflon Dangerous? I've completed extensive research on the topic, but I suppose the most thorough answer comes from this country's own Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who finally did comprehensive testing and research and fined Dupont $10 Million dollars. There are two factors at play that further confuse the public. PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid, is the substance that adheres non-stick coatings to pans, while PTFE, polytetrafluoroethylene, is that coating itself, better known by its brand name, Teflon. PFOA is a known carcinogen that is released during the manufacturing process. It is set to be phased-out of use completely by 2015. PTFE decomposes at over 660 degrees, producing gases that can kill birds and cause flu-like symptoms in humans. What really confuses most people I talk to is that they think that if their Teflon coated pan is in good condition (not yet flaking or chipped), that they are safe. This is NOT true. With Teflon, all you have to do is heat the pan and the toxic fumes are released into the air you are breathing. If you would like to read the details of the canary that died in the kitchen from these fumes, and read in more detail about the EPAs ruling, click here.
I recently met and spoke with someone who lost their own pet birds to the toxins from Teflon coated pans. Their birds were in the bedroom UPSTAIRS from the kitchen. What all of this means to me is that I must not have any Teflon coated pans or appliances in my home. Period. To elminate them is a process that I undertook some time ago. You will find additional entries on how I accomplished this, that may help you to begin the process. Keep in mind that most non-stick surfaces that you purchase retail are indeed Dupont's Teflon. The newer toaster ovens are also coated in Dupont's Teflon. Reading your labels and studying before purchasing is key. If you are interested in safe, non-stick cookware that is layered Titanium as opposed to layered Teflon, please see our cookware sets.
Hopefully this has assisted you in answering the question... is teflon dangerous?
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