Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Teflon Terror!

Teflon warnings and lawsuits are all over the Internet. This is nothing new to me. Having read THE HUNDRED YEAR LIE, by Randall Fitzgerald, I was already aware of the many concerns with this material used in frying pans, cookware and food packaging.

Fitzgerald, a well-known investigative journalist, reports in his book:

Teflon-contaminated tap water is one reason 90 percent of Americans have Teflon residue in their blood. The highest levels of the Teflon chemical called C8 have been found accumulated in children six years old and under and in people over sixty years of age. Lab studies link C8 to a wide array of birth defects and developmental problems (from Edward Emmett, University of Pennsylvania research, August, 2005)

While explaining that we cannot rely upon manufacturers to place our health above profit margins, Fitzgerald shares:

Former DuPont Company senior engineer Glen Evers publicly revealed in 2005 that the company knew that the Teflon chemical called PFOA, widely used in fast-food packaging, microwave popcorn bags, and candy wrappers, leaches into the food in greater concentrations than had been reported to the FDA. "You don't see it, you don't feel it, you can't taste it," Evers, a twenty-two-year employee of DuPont, told reporters. "But when you open that bag and you start dipping your French fries in there, you are extracting fluorochemical and you're eating it."

First approved by the FDA for food packaging in 1967, the chemical
zonyl--used to prevent grease stains from soaking through paper wrapping--breaks down into the chemical called PFOA once it enters the human body. PFOA stays in the body, bioaccumulating for extended periods, and has been linked to cancer and other health abnormalities. An internal DuPont memo from 1987 detailed how zonyl was being secreted into foods at a rate three times higher than had been
predicted to occur, but this new alarming data was never reported to the FDA. Thanks to whistleblower Evers, a lawsuit filed by the U.S. government over this two-decade-long failure to reveal the health threat resulted in DuPont paying $10.2 million in fines during late 2005.

To assure that I've done my due dilligence, I'll include DuPont's statement on this topic. Now go check your pots and pans. It's time to clean the kitchen cabinets out.

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