PFOA in our bodies today
PFOA has been manufactured in industrial quantities since the 1940s. This is not a new product. It helps to create a smooth surface. Today, PFOA is applied to pre-treated carpets, carpet care fluids, clothing, upholstery, textiles, medical clothing, floor wax and wax removers, tile sealants, food contact paper, dental floss and, of course, kitchen utensils. Studies show that 98% of all people have PFOA in their bloodstream right now.
Imagine coming home from work tired and exhausted. You take off your coat and walk on your Scotchguard-protected rug and jump down on your stain-resistant sofa. It feels so good to relax. You take a good deep, relaxing breath. Little did you know that the dust you touched by walking on the rug and sitting down on the couch lifted up small particles of PFOA that are now inhaled into the relaxing deep breath. Congratulations, you are now one of the 98% who has PFOA in your system.
A good story about PFOA and how misleading manufacturers have been over time can be found here in the environmental working group.
PFOA Free Nonstick Cookware Consumer Warning
Consumer Advocate and Founder of www.allbesthome.com issues a warning to all buyers of PFOA-free nonstick cookware. “If you think the new PFOA-free nonstick cookware you buy is healthy cookware, you might want to look again. DuPont, 3M, and other manufacturers of PFOA products have replaced PFOA with another chemical compound. The new chemical compound may be what’s in the new cookware you’re considering. The bottom line is that no one knows the health consequences of the new chemical compound. PFOA began to be made in the 1940s, and it was not until the late 1990s to the early 2000s that any action regarding PFOA was even considered. PFOA has been in production for 75 years before being voluntarily removed from the products. How long will it take before the PFOA replacements are fully investigated for health issues? Says Mark Jala. “We just do not know yet about these new products.”
Recommendations for healthy kitchen utensils
Mark Jala recommends sticking to the known healthy and safe cookware products until these new PFOA replacements can be fully investigated. These products include:
- Stainless steel
- Cast iron and enameled cast iron
- New variations in “green” kitchen utensils
Until PFOA-free nonstick cookware is fully tested for safety reasons, this site will display the following graphics on the dashboard (this change will be fully implemented in 2014):
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