Fluoropolymers play a crucial role in many products and services on which we depend in our daily lives - yet most of us don't realize it.
In recent years, concerns have been raised about PFOA, a chemical used as a processing aid in the manufacture of fluoropolymers. The public debate on this matter has raised valid questions, which are being addressed in a number of ways. At the same time, information on this topic in the media is often complex, and not always accurate.
On this site, you'll find a straightforward, candid discussion of fluoropolymers and PFOA. This should address any concerns you may have, and also offer you details on the myriad benefits of fluoropolymer products. If you have questions that are not addressed on this site, just send them to us and we'll do our best to address them.
PFOA is not an ingredient in nonstick products, but instead is used as a processing aid at the initial stages of nonstick-coating production. The small amount of PFOA in liquid coatings, which is left over from the fluoropolymer manufacturing process, is largely removed or destroyed during the final steps by the high temperatures used when the coatings are cured onto nonstick cookware. In fact a study which examined potential exposure to PFOA from a wide range of consumer products found PFOA levels in the products to be non-detectable with the best available analytical methods, or so minute that potential exposures would be insignificant.
However, it is widely known that cooking and cleaning fumes of any type may be harmful to pet birds, which have extremely sensitive respiratory systems. All smoke and fumes have the potential to harm pet birds, especially smoke from burning foods. That is why many cookware manufacturers recommend that pet birds not be kept in or near the kitchen.