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Questions About PFOA?

Here are answers to questions you may have.

What is PFOA and how is it used?

PFOA stands for perfluorooctanoic acid, which is used as a polymerization processing aid to manufacture some fluoropolymers.


Why did DuPont decide to phase out PFOA?

Studies have shown very low levels of this compound in the environment and in the blood of the general population. Questions about this, as well as customer interest in product alternatives, prompted DuPont in 2006 to commit to phasing out the use and production of PFOA by 2015.  We currently do not buy, make or use PFOA.


What progress has DuPont made in meeting the company's phaseout objective?

DuPont no longer makes PFOA, and no longer uses PFOA in the manufacture of fluoropolymer-based products.  We have developed and commercialized new products and processes that do not involve the use of PFOA, and that maintain the high level of performance our customers (and their customers) expect from us.  We achieved this milestone one year-and-a-half ahead of the company’s goal. For more information, please read our letter to the U.S. EPA.


Are consumer products that may contain trace levels of PFOA safe to use?

Yes. Regulatory agencies around the world have indicated that consumers are not at risk from exposure to PFOA from the normal use of consumer products.  In addition, DuPont and other companies are phasing out the use of PFOA.


Are PFOA and PTFE the same thing?

No.  PTFE is short for polytetrafluoroethylene, which is a high-performance fluoropolymer.  While PTFE has been made using PFOA, today DuPont and other companies are using new technologies to make PTFE without the use of PFOA.