Thursday, July 9, 2009

Teflon Coated Danger?

PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) is Teflon(TM), which people will tell you causes cancer or whatever. It might. If you ever get exposed to it.

People scream about "Risk!" without comprehending what it really means, even qualitatively.

Risk = exposure * hazard. therefore .... No exposure = no risk.

regarding your Teflon coated cookware which you threw out after being told that it would give you cancer:

The science is absolutely clear: Teflon-coated pans are safe up to about 780F, a temperature at which anything in the pan will have caught fire.

So, as a rule of thumb, you should be careful when flames start shooting out of your nonstick pan. Soon it might get hot enough to emit toxic Teflon particles.


1 comment:

Ross4Teflon said...

Gopher - Thanks for the post. As a representative of DuPont, this is exactly the kind of information I'm trying to share online. Here is a good article that explains the safety of Teflon.

Drop me an email if you would like any additional information. Thanks, Ross