Topics: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Polytetrafluoroethylene, Perfluorooctanoic acid Pages: 2 (562 words) Published: December 7, 2012
There are many uses of Teflon but the most widely used application is in cookware. PFOA is the main ingredient used in the production of Teflon, and there is a claim that there is a trace amount of PFOA left in the cookware after the manufacturing process is completed. And it is also claimed that this PFOA could be harmful to people using the cookware. Research conducted by the US food and drug administration revealed that there is a very small amount of PFOA found in cookware made by DuPont. DuPont’s defense was that the testing methods used in that study were extreme, and do not represent how the cookware would be used in regular kitchens. Moreover, the small amount found does not represent any harm; it is very small and can’t be transferred to food. The United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is currently studying the effect of PFOA on health issues. However EPA clearly states that there is no indication that the PFOA in blood is coming through the use of Teflon coated cookware. The EPA also indicates that the public should not be concerned at this time, using Teflon cookware is still considered safe. EPA is working on reducing PFOA in the environment; all the manufacturers that release PFOA will reduce their emission by 95% in 2010, and they will also work on eliminating it completely by 2015. (Elis; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) Consumers who use cookware coated with Teflon enjoy the properties of Teflon. Teflon has a very slippery non sticky characteristic. This makes it very easy for consumers to clean their cookware. Nothing sticks to the surface, and when you clean it, the sponge slides easily on the surface. Besides, cooking is better when you don’t lose a portion of the food that is stuck to the bottom of the pan. And as mentioned earlier, it is safe to use, and it is resistant to the heat required to make our food. Moreover, Teflon is durable, and does not react with any food. ( Roland) Teflon is used to make Gore-Tex. Gore-Tex...
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