PFOA is an abbreviation for perfluorooctanic acid, a detergent-like material. PFOA is an essential processing aid used in the manufacture of high-performance fluoropolymer resins and finishes for use in many industries, including the manufacture of non-stick cookware. Fluoropolymers are produced and sold by DuPont and are, in turn, used by the manufacturer of certain consumer articles, such as cookware coated with Teflon® non-stick. Evidence from 50 years of experience and extensive scientific studies supports the conclusion that PFOA does not cause adverse human health effects.
Can I get exposed to PFOA from cookware?
Using testing methods developed and approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), DuPont has concluded that consumers cannot be exposed to PFOA through cookware coated with Teflon® non-stick finishes.
Is PFOA in cookware?
DuPont and several U.S. and international agencies have not detected PFOA in cookware coated with Teflon® using tests and methods that are consistent with the testing methodology of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
What about other products, like apparel and carpets?
DuPont recently sponsored a new scientific study to better understand the potential for consumer exposure and to determine what risk there is, if any, from PFOA. Dozens of consumer articles made with or using DuPont materials were tested, including apparel and textiles. Results from this and other studies reaffirm that consumer articles made with the company's materials are safe to use.