Teflon Danger

There's new concern about the popular product Teflon. Synonymous with non-stick cookware and used for low-fat cooking, government scientists are concerned there may be a potential health risk.

The Environmental Protection Agency says at this point, there is no reason for consumers to stop using Teflon products. But at the same time, the agency is stepping up its investigation after new tests show some cause for worry.

The EPA released findings of a recent study on Teflon, how it’s made and its potential health risks.

Blood samples from three groups of people, selected at random, revealed low levels of the chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, lingering in their blood for as long as four years.

And another study, on lab rats injected with larger doses of the worrisome chemical, showed delays in sexual development and an accelerated death rate.

EPA scientists determining there are still scientific uncertainties and are now focusing on the most rigorous testing of the chemical.

An alert leaving more consumers stuck with more questions than answers. A statement from DuPont says the company maintains its position that PFOA does not pose an undue risk to consumers. But it does support the EPA's quest for further investigation.

The company says its Teflon products do not, in and of themselves, contain PFOA, but the chemicals in concern are used in the manufacturing process.


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