Are non-stick pans safe for health and the environment? 60 million consumers are ringing the alarm bell. According to the magazine, formulations of the latter can have toxic effects.
Can adhesive pans be harmful to health? This is the question the magazine asked itself 60 million consumers, who looked closely at the case of polytetrafluoroethylene, commonly known as Teflon. Its manufacture includes a chemical compound, pentafluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, which can be harmful to health.
This compound, “used for decades” in the manufacture of stoves, can “alter fetal development, weaken the immune system and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and kidney or testicular cancer,” details Amin Meslim, a journalist at 60 million consumers in France information.
However, “too small” amounts
Even if European regulation prohibits the manufacture of this ingredient and the manufacturers assert that the materials used pose no health risk, it turns out that three pans tested by the magazine “released PFOA in the food,” Amin Muslim details, although these bear a mention of “without PFOA”. In addition, the “detected quantities” are nevertheless “extremely low”, assures the journalist.
Besides, rest assured, it’s not about throwing pans in the trash. “The substances in question were detected at levels well below permissible limits. But these results are still worrisome,” FranceInfo reported.