EPA Issues Scary Warning About Teflon
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has indicated that a chemical used to
make DuPont Co.'s Teflon nonstick coatings has the potential to cause cancer
in humans, reports Bloomberg. Unusually high exposure to the chemical,
perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA, caused liver and testicular cancer in animals.
While these effects might occur in people, the EPA's preliminary study does
not make a definitive link.
Charles Auer, the director of EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics,
told reporters that PFOA is found in the blood of the general population at
about 5 parts per billion. But don't panic. That's hundreds to thousands of
times below the levels associated with potential ill effects. Still, the fact
that it's in human blood at all "raises questions that should be addressed,"
acknowledged DuPont in an official statement. Bloomberg reports that DuPont
faces an EPA penalty of as much as $300 million for allegedly failing to
disclose possible health risks about PFOA for 20 years.
"The evidence we've seen is that PFOA is not formed at cooking temperatures,"
Auer said. "But when cookware is left on the stove too long at too high a
temperature, there is evidence that it can be released." In addition to being
a possible carcinogen, PFOA exposure in animals also caused weight loss and
developmental effects, according to the EPA study. It targets the liver, and
half of a given dose remains in the human body after 4.4 years. EPA's
preliminary study will be reviewed in February by a panel of scientists
outside the federal agency. DuPont said that this independent scientific
review "is a critical action to evaluate the data and assumptions" of the EPA
study. EPA is working with DuPont and other companies to determine whether
voluntary or regulatory actions are needed to protect human health and the
environment, reports Bloomberg.
i moga sobie umieszczac takie ostrzezenia w kazdym punkcie internetu, i tak
bede na tych teflonowych patelniach smazyc jajecznice