The EPA urges a teflon chemical ban and is requesting voluntary compliance from companies. Teflon-coated products include cookware, water- and stain-resistant clothing and furnishings, cosmetics and more, could be a serious health risk to young girls and women of childbearing age. The concern is an increase in birth defects and reproductive problems.
My family fry pan is made of Teflon, and although I’d heard some concern about Teflon in the past, it was regarding Teflon particles lodging in the stomach, and I filed it away and decided not to worry about it because I like the pan. Oh my. The pan is gone now. Better safe than sorry.
Find out why I tossed my favorite fry pan so you can protect you and your family too:
Teflon is a member of a family of chemicals called “perfluorochemicals” (PFCs). According to the Environmental Working Group, the nonprofit advocacy organization who initiated the breaking of the story, “PFCs virtually never breaks down in the environment and has been found to contaminate most of the US population, including 92 percent of children tested to date.” Link to Environmental Working Group for the full story: