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DuPont Shares the Facts About Teflon®

Published on 2006-02-02. Author : SpecialChem

Following last week's announcement of the U.S. EPA's PFOA Stewardship Program and Monday's Science Advisory Board final draft report on PFOA , DuPont provides the following facts on the safety of products made with or using DuPont materials.

  • Products made with or using DuPont materials are safe.
    Recent peer-reviewed scientific studies, including published research by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, have confirmed that trace levels of PFOA in consumer products pose no risk to consumers. Further, the margins of safety for all products tested in the DuPont study dramatically exceeded the levels of protection typically used by regulatory agencies to judge the safety of chemicals.
  • Cookware made with Teflon® non-stick coatings is made from fluoropolymers, not PFOA.
    PFOA is an essential processing aid used to make fluoropolymers - high performance plastics manufactured by a number of companies. PFOA and Teflon® are entirely different - one is a processing aid, the other is a product brand. It is inaccurate to describe PFOA as an ingredient in cookware coated with Teflon®. PFOA is a processing aid used to manufacture fluoropolymers, some of which are sold under the Teflon® brand.
  • Studies based on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) standard testing methods that reflect typical cooking use conditions have found no detectable levels of PFOA in non-stick coatings used for cookware sold under the Teflon® brand.
    The FDA has determined that non-stick coatings are acceptable for conventional kitchen use. Also, in 2003 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission rejected a petition to require a label warning for non-stick coatings. Cookware coated with Teflon® has been safely used for more than 40 years.
  • Soil, stain and grease repellants are made from fluorotelomers, not PFOA.
    Fluorotelomer products are not made with, nor do they use, PFOA in the manufacturing process. PFOA is an unintended byproduct created during the manufacture of fluorotelomers and is present at trace levels in some of these products. Studies show that the use of consumer articles based on fluorotelomers would not result in any detectable exposure to PFOA. DuPont has committed to the EPA to virtually eliminate trace quantities of PFOA in our soil, stain and grease repellant products.

Source: DuPont

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