Have you heard of poly- and perfluoroakyl, or PFASs?
You use the chemicals every day, and most people don’t even realise it.
This chemical is a fluoropolymers with similar properties to polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), or Teflon, and is used in non-stick cookware and food packing.
Group of Scientists Want to Stop This Chemical from Spreading
Environmental Health Perspectives published a document referred to as the Madrid Statement, stating their opinion and concern on PFASs.
And over 200 scientists’ signed the statement in agreement.
The Madrid Statement recommends consumers avoid using PFASs found in non-stick cookware and calls for the urgent removal of these chemicals by governments restricting their production and use.
Why We Should Stop Using Teflon Pans
The man-made chemical is popping up all over the environment and in human and animal tissues all over the world.
Many packages, including thick coated paper plates and take-out containers, are made with PFASs as well as in non-stick cookware. The chemicals are easily transferred to our food and have even been found in the air, water, and soil.
The health problems related to Teflon and PFASs include:
– Ulcerative colitis
– Liver malfunction
– Low birth weight
-Some cancers, including testicular and kidney
Many studies have been done on animals to find that these chemicals are toxic to the liver and cause endocrine and immune problems. Some even suffered from multiple organ tumors.
But Chemical Manufactures Have Pushed Back
The FluoroCouncil representing the fluorotechnology companies, have insisted that the use of some of the chemicals is safe.
“fluorotechnology is essential technology for many aspects of modern life,” The group said.
The group has also stated there are efforts to phase out harmful fluorinated chemicals. But some suggest the phasing out isn’t all what they make it seem.
“There’s also a lack of good substitutes for these chemicals as they’re currently used. As has happened with flame retardants and bisphenol A (BPA), it turns out that highly fluorinated chemicals that have been identified as hazardous have been replaced with others that are similarly problematic. And when it comes to cookware and food packaging, there are no labeling requirements for these coatings. That is something the Madrid Statement calls for, however,” says Elizabeth Grossman for Civil Eats.
And the “Benefits”?
You may be able to save some time scrubbing dishes, but is that worth the amount of harmful chemicals your cookware could be putting into your body?
There’s been enough evidence to suggest not. And authors of the Madrid Statement urge consumers to “question the use of such fluorinated ‘performance’ chemicals added to consumer products.”
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