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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Teflon: A Likely Carcinogenic?

Perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as "C-8" is the chemical that has everyone including a scientific panel from the EPA up in arms and should be considered a likely carcinogen. This chemical is used in the manufacturing of Teflon and other nonstick and stain-resistant products that most americans cook with. Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont Co., owner of the Teflon brand, is the sole producer of Perfluorooctanoic acid in North America.
Some members of the review panel disagreed with the majority view that PFOA should be classified as a "likely carcinogen," a finding that went beyond the EPA's own determination that there was only "suggestive evidence" from animal studies that PFOA and its salts are potential human carcinogens.

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