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Is it safe to use teflon pans?

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Ok! So now that you know how teflon works (see last week's episode if you missed it), now it's time to discuss the equally important question: is it safe to use?? Are there any potential side-effects to using it? Can scratching teflon cause it to have an affect on our food, or even worse, on us? If there are potential dangers to teflon, is there any way to avoid them? Help! This week, Melissa and Jam delve into this topic, and tiptoe through the allegations to give you some things to consider when choosing you next pots and pans.

References from this episode

  1. Organic Chemistry, Edition 11 - Solomon
  2. If nothing sticks to Teflon, how does it stick to pans? - Scientific American
  3. DuPont Faces Class-Action Lawsuits Over Teflon - Reich, Chemical and Engineering News
  4. Perspective on Fluorocarbon Chemistry - David M. Lemal
  5. Teflon’s Toxicity Level - Sharon Kelley
  6. PTFE-coated non-stick cookware and toxicity concerns: a perspective - Muhammad Sajid & Muhammad Ilyas
  7. The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare - The New York Times Magazine, Rich
  8. Teflon’s Toxic Legacy - Earth Island Journal, Kelly

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