Sunday, August 20, 2006

The killer frying pan

We all love our non-stick Teflon-coated frying pans, but recent studies by DuPont, the maker of Teflon, are showing that preheating these pans causes them to emit a toxic chemical called perfluorooctanoic (PFOA).

It's so bad that DuPont plans to phase out any PFOA-emitting products by 2015.

And if you've got a pet bird, you'd better be extra careful:

Avian veterinarians have know for decades that Teflon offgases are a leading cause of death among birds, and estimated that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of birds are killed each year.

—Mellow Monk

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