Is Teflon Risky?. ‘The amazingly slippery, heat-resistant plastic known as Teflon was discovered purely by accident by DuPont chemist Roy Plunkett in 1938. In 1960 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it for use in cookware. Today some 60% of all pots and pans in American kitchens are nonstick – to say nothing of muffin pans, cookie sheets, cake pans, deep fryers and waffle irons. Unfortunately, it turns out that when Teflon is heated to over 600°, the coating can break down and release a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA.’
Ottawa to limit non-stick, stain-repellent chemicals. ‘The federal government is moving to limit exposure to a persistent class of pollutants used in consumer products ranging from non-stick frying pans to upholstery.’
PFOA-facts.com. ‘A resource for information about the industrial chemical known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).