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January 31, 2004

Toxic Teflon Frying Pans

The Fumes from non-stick frying pans lined with fluorine compounds such as Teflon, can be deadly to birds. We don't seem to understand that warning sign very well, although Canaries have for a long time been used to warn miners of deadly gases in the 'underworld'. A recent report available on the site of the Environmental Working Group accuses Du Pont, maker of Teflon non-stick material used in frying pans and non-stick cookware.

In cases of "Teflon toxicosis," as the bird poisonings are called, the lungs of exposed birds hemorrhage and fill with fluid, leading to suffocation. DuPont acknowledges that the fumes can also sicken people, a condition called "polymer fume fever." DuPont has never studied the incidence of the fever among users of the billions of non-stick pots and pans sold around the world. Neither has the company studied the long-term effects from the sickness, or the extent to which Teflon exposures lead to human illnesses believed erroneously to be the common flu.

Fluoride in frying pans, fluoride in the drinking water, fluoride in toothpase, fluoride in a large selection of pharmaceutical drugs. Would anyone care to explain to me why we are putting ourselves at high risk of poisoning by fluoride?

Update 9 July 2004 - An article in the New York Times - E.P.A. Says It Will Fine DuPont for Holding Back Test Results - relates that DuPont did some testing on a toxic compound related to its Teflon product. The EPA is charging DuPont for withholding the test results:

ASHINGTON, July 8 - The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it would fine the DuPont chemical company for failing to report test results on a chemical related to the manufacturing of Teflon.

DuPont conducted tests that showed that the chemical, known as C-8, was transmitted from a pregnant DuPont worker to her fetus and that traces of it were found in public drinking water in communities near DuPont facilities, but the company did not reveal that it had done the tests, the agency said.

Congress cannot mandate such testing by a chemical company, but if testing is conducted, the results must be made public, according to the Toxic Substance Control Act.

The E.P.A. also found DuPont in violation for failing to provide all of the toxicological data it had gathered on the chemical after a 1997 request from the agency.

DuPont said it would contest the fines. "We believe that we have complied with the guidelines and the reporting requirements," R. Clifton Webb, a company spokesman, said.

A spokesman for the E.P.A. said the agency would impose a multi-million dollar fine, but he declined to be more specific.

It is unclear whether C-8, or perfluorooctanoic acid, is harmful to humans. In one study, researchers concluded that it caused developmental defects in rats, but the results could not be replicated.

In 1981, DuPont had results of blood tests conducted on pregnant workers, which showed that C-8 had been transmitted from a worker to her developing fetus, the E.P.A. said. The child appeared to be normal at birth, but the agency's complaint does not say if the child was monitored thereafter.

In 1991, the agency said, DuPont compiled evidence that C-8 levels in drinking water in communities along the Ohio River, near the company's plant in Washington, W.Va., exceeded an exposure level set by company's internal guidelines.

In March 2001, a lawyer representing residents along the river in a class-action lawsuit against DuPont sent copies of the test results to the agency.

Here is the BBC News article.

Frying pan fumes 'kill canaries'
By Alex Kirby
BBC News Online environment correspondent

Fumes given off by cancer-causing chemicals used to make non-stick frying pans are killing hundreds of pet birds every year, environmentalists say.

The Worldwide Fund for Nature says it is hearing reports that many US caged birds are being killed by the fumes.

It says the chemicals, perfluorinated compounds, are also contaminating both people and wildlife with grave effects.

The chemicals industry says it doubts that birds exposed to ordinary levels of the compounds could die from them.

Guilty till proved harmless

In a report, Causes For Concern: Chemicals and Wildlife, WWF says the compounds, also used in some textiles and food packaging, are among "the most prominent new toxic hazards".

It says: "Scientists have found perfluorinated compounds, classified as cancer-causing chemicals by the US Environmental Protection Agency, in dolphins, whales and cormorants in the Mediterranean; seals and sea eagles in the Baltic; and polar bears."

Elizabeth Salter-Green, head of WWF's toxics programme, said: "Years ago, coal miners took canaries with them down the pits to detect lethal gases.

"Now, canaries are dying in our kitchens, but no action is being taken about the suspect chemicals.

"The global production of chemicals is increasing, and at the same time we have warning signals that a variety of troubling threats to wildlife and human health are becoming more prevalent.

"It is reckless to suggest there is no link between the two and give chemicals the benefit of the doubt."

WWF says while the harmful effects of chemicals like DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls have been documented, recent studies of other chemicals on sale today show the dangers to people and wildlife.

It says: "As well as perfluorinated compounds other harmful man-made chemicals still in use today include phthalates, phenolic compounds - such as bisphenol A - and brominated flame retardants (BFRs).

"Phthalates can be found in plastics (including PVC), phenolic compounds in food cans, plastic bottles and computer casings, and BFRs in fabrics and TVs.

Brussels' approach defended

"These toxic compounds, which contaminate a wide range of animals, can cause severe health disorders such as cancer, damage to the immune system, behavioural problems, hormone disruption, or even feminisation."

WWF says the European Union's planned legislation, Reach (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) does not go far enough.

It says Reach "falls short of ensuring that hazardous chemicals are replaced with safer alternatives".

Judith Hackitt, director-general of the UK's Chemical Industries Association, told BBC News Online: "It sounds highly unlikely to me that birds exposed to perfluorinated compounds in normal household conditions would be killed.

"With them and the other chemicals WWF is concerned about, the industry is spending a lot on investigating them.

"And with Reach, it's a big assumption to say replacement won't happen - I think it will."

Story from BBC NEWS

Published: 2004/01/29 14:42:36 GMT

See also related:

Teflon trouble sticking to DuPont
Chemical used in coating may be making people sick
Agency claims company withheld evidence of concerns

(August 9, 2004)

Hearth & Home: Watched Pots
It's not just what you cook, it's what you cook in - by Elizabeth Larsen

Teflon linked to birth defects and illness

Teflon Chemicals are a Threat to Health - Dr. Mercola

Teflon questions and Eliminate the use of Teflon

Teflon linked to birth defects and illness; but is it safe to use in cooking?
Dupont is facing new charges from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it concealed research showing that pregnant workers were passing on Teflon chemicals to their unborn children. The EPA has also accused Dupont of failing to report evidence that the chemicals used to manufacture Teflon had contaminated water supplies affecting 12,000 people in the local area. Many of those affected families are suing Dupont.

Teflon's sticky situation - By Chris Summers - BBC News Online
It's on saucepans, clothing, even buildings, but now Teflon - the famed non-stick chemical - is at the centre of a slippery controversy about cancer and birth defects.

DuPont has hidden harmful effects of Teflon for 50 years

U.S. Officials Accuse DuPont of Concealing Teflon Ingredient's Health Risk

Toxic Gore-tex
Skip the gory Gore-tex and wander winter wrapped in warm, green alternatives

Teflon Chemical in Drinking Water Costs DuPont $107 Million

More Troubles With Teflon Toxicity

Board: Teflon Cancer Risks Downplayed
By RANDALL CHASE - The Associated Press
Tuesday, June 28, 2005; 9:50 PM
DOVER, Del. -- A controversial chemical used by DuPont to make the nonstick substance Teflon poses more of a cancer risk than indicated in a draft assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency, an independent review board has found. The EPA stated earlier this year that its draft risk assessment of perfluorooctanoic acid and its salts found "suggestive evidence" of potential human carcinogenicity, based on animal studies. In a draft report released Monday, the majority of members on an EPA scientific advisory board that reviewed the agency's report concluded that PFOA, also known as C-8, is "likely" to be carcinogenic to humans, and that the EPA should conduct cancer risk assessments for a variety of tumors found in mice and rats.

Teflon firm faces fresh lawsuit
BBC News, 19 July 2005 - US chemicals giant DuPont is facing a lawsuit accusing the company of failing to warn consumers about the health hazards of Teflon non-stick coatings. Two Florida law firms said they were filing the suit on behalf of 14 people who bought and used Teflon cookware. DuPont denied the claims, stating its products were safe and has vowed to vigorously defend itself. Plaintiffs want DuPont to spend $5bn to replace million of people's pots and pans and to issue Teflon warnings. They also want a fund to be created for medical monitoring of people who bought Teflon products.

After ignoring numerous warnings from independent scientists for years, the "nonstick" chemical used in Teflon has now officially been categorized as a "likely carcinogen" by the U.S. government's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA scientists found four different types of tumors in lab animals exposed to the chemical. The agency announced it plans to collect millions of dollars in fines from DuPont, the maker of Teflon, for concealing studies indicating related health and environmental risks for over two decades.

Teflon May Be Just The Tip Of the Iceberg...

DuPont Warned Long Ago About Teflon in Paper Products

DuPont Pays Heavy Price For Teflon Cover-Up
DuPont's cover-up over allegations it failed to reveal the dangers of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) -- the chemical used to make Teflon -- reached closure when the company and the EPA agreed to a settlement that could amount to more than $300 million in civil fines.

EPA Fines Dupont for Poisoning Consumers with Teflon Cookware
From: Environment News Service

Failure to Reveal Teflon Manufacturing Risk Costs DuPont $16.5 Million
DuPont has agreed to pay a $10.25 million fine for failing to report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) risk information about a chemical used in the manufacture of fluoropolymers, including some Teflon® products. Fluoropolymers impart desirable properties, including fire resistance and oil, stain, grease, and water repellency. They are used to provide non-stick surfaces on cookware and waterproof, breathable membranes for clothing. Under the settlement, filed with the agency's Environmental Appeals Board, Dupont is also committing to $6.25 million for Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs), for a total of $16.5 million.

EPA Calls For Teflon Ban
Jan 26, 2006
Considering all the bad news stemming from DuPont's negligent behavior regarding perfluorooctanoic acid -- a chemical used to produce Teflon -- the EPA has asked eight manufacturers to eliminate their production of that toxic substance by 2015.

Seattle Times, Feb,08.
Suspected carcinogen found in cord blood
BALTIMORE - A suspected carcinogen used to make Teflon was found in nearly all the umbilical cord blood samples tested by researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The researchers are now trying to determine whether it has harmed the newborns.

Leg Pain Disappears by Throwing Away Teflon Cookware

Consumer fraud alert: Swiss Diamond non-stick cookware made with same chemical as Teflon

Nonstick chemicals may pose a threat
They're found in floor waxes and shampoos. They're used in many fast-food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags. They coat pizza boxes, carpets and frying pans. And they're in people. They're perfluorochemicals. While you may not recognize the word, you probably know the brand names: Teflon, Stainmaster, Gore-Tex. You are exposed to those compounds every day, and there is mounting concern that they may cause a variety of health problems. A panel of scientists selected by the Environmental Protection Agency concluded this year that a perfluorochemical used in nonstick cookware is a likely cancer-causing agent.

Toxic Teflon: Compounds from Household Products Found in Human Blood
Chemical properties that make PFCs so useful in industry also make them virtually indestructible in nature. For sheer persistence, two members of the family, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), stand out. They are not broken down by heat, light, or microbes. Other PFCs do break down, but in doing so, most of them end up giving off PFOA or PFOS. Of these two compounds' many disturbing properties, the one setting off the most alarm bells is their potential for causing cancer.

Alternative chemicals ease safety concerns about nonstick, repellent coatings
Amid concern about the potential toxic effects of the fluorochemicals used in nonstick cookware, water-repellent clothing, and other consumer products, manufacturers are using new versions of these chemicals that may be safer.

Although these new ingredients are considered sound replacements, they may only be a temporary fix, pending development of a new generation of less toxic substitutes.


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Saturday January 31 2004
updated on Sunday November 21 2010

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Readers' Comments

You Bet. I killed off a bird every weekend. It turned out that my pancake making endeavors were the cause and yes, I used a teflon coated large cooking pan. I darn near killed off a 3rd bird, but luckily discovered the cause. My cooking. And to think that I've been duped (or would that be duponted) all these years. Hoy!. Anyway, its, out with the teflon for good

Posted by: Rod Nicholson on June 18, 2004 10:57 PM


Yesterday on December 29 of 2004 my Mothers birds were killed because she used a FARBERWARE TEFLON FRYING PAN to grill a hard roll, and the fumes KILLED ALL OF HER BIRDS!!!! The frying pan WAS NOT overheated,or scorched in any way whatsoever. The birds were in the LIVING ROOM, not the kitchen, and THERE WAS NO SIGNIFICANT Warning on the labeling of the cookware to signify that using this frying pan could or would harm anything muchless kill! The warning label on the pans my Mother purchased read, and I quote "GENERAL SAFETY: Keep small children away from the stove while you are cooking. Be careful around the stove as heat, steam and splatter can cause burns. Some pets, especially birds, have extremely sensitive respritory systems and should be kept away from the kitchen." These were NOT OLD PANS EITHER....In fact, they were BRAND NEW, purchased about 2 weeks prior to Dec. 29th at our local Wal-Mart and used for the very first time on the 29th of December. ...AND YES, THIS IS THE ONLY WARNING AT ALL....Talk about NEGLIGENCE!!!! Call me ignorant, but I have NEVER heard of anything similiar to this happening before this happened and I began to research it. I watch the news often, but to the best of my knowledge there has never been a large public media announcement or product recalls. This is an issue which should be NATIONALLY, no, scratch that, INTERNATIONALLY covered by some Huge media resource such as CNN. I don't mean my mothers case directly, but these issues in general. When will companies begin to act with MORALE and ETHICAL REPONSIBILITY? I'll tell you when, Once the CONSUMERS have had ENOUGH. I mean, I understand that MOST INDIVIDUALS are not going to purchase a product to cook their food in that states the truth. The warning labels should be LARGE and VISIBLE and STATE: "USING THIS PRODUCT CREATES TOXIC FUMES THAT CAN KILL YOUR PETS (especially birds) AND MAYBE HARM YOU OVERTIME." Because that is the TRUTH. If a product is that dangerous, which it IS, doesn't the public deserve to have that information READILY accessible so that they as the individual can decide whether or not they want to use this product in their household? Did I mention, that the "Warning" if that's what you can even call it, was printed in VERY TINY MICROPRINT on the BACK of the label, where it is IMPOSSIBLE to be viewed until AFYTER YOU PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT and bring it home and open it.
Well, needless to say I am VERY ANGRY. My poor mother has been up ALL NIGHT SOBBING OVER the loss of her Beloved pet birds, one of which was almost 21 years old, and a DEAR COMPANION to her. How can a company rectify such negligence? Pay for the birds that were killed? What about the heart break my mother is going through? What about the SUFFERING those birds must have endured while dying from those toxic fumes? What about the mis-labeling or lack of proper warning on this product that led to this situation? I can only imagine that there must be hundreds, maybe even thousands more out there that have had this happen. Our hearts go out to everyone that has had a similiar situation to this. This is yet another example of the glitches in our wonderful CORPORATE AMERICA....Where is Erin Brockovich? She is one individual who could show these people what they need to learn!

Posted by: Bridget Stack on December 30, 2004 02:33 PM


I have a question more than a comment. I received a nice titanium Cuisinart pot and pan set for Christmans. Is anyone aware of any health risks involved with the non-stick pans made with Titanium?

Posted by: Virginia on January 6, 2005 05:32 AM


I also am interested in the titanium. However, I dont recall titanium being black? Im trying to find out, so far without sucess, if they are using teflon with the titanium. some call it titanium protected. My suspicion, which I hope is wrong, is that they are using titanum which is pocketed like with moon craters, and teflon in the craters on a microscopic level. IF this is the case, the telfon will act as non stick but the titanium will protect the teflon from being scraped off. If anyone knows if this is the case, let me know

Posted by: Michael on February 15, 2005 12:08 AM


As far as I ca find out Titanium cookwear is the safest of all. My very heavy pans with glass tops (made in Germany) are excellent. The entire pans can be put in the oven.

Posted by: phillip youngman on March 2, 2005 01:25 AM


I agree teflon is nasty stuff if you get a chance check out the report by Enviromental Working Group, it's an eye opener. As for pans I switched to Royal Prestige they are a multi-ply stainless steel. I sleep a lot better knowing that non-stick crap is out of my house and away from my kids.

Posted by: Andy Johnson on March 3, 2005 10:38 AM


So what is the healthiest pan to cook with? I heard its glass, but is there such a thing as a glass frying pan?

Posted by: Michelle on March 13, 2005 11:29 PM


There used to be. It was made by Visionware. I have a small set of sauce pans and a small frying pan like for omelets.I cannot find a big one now anywhere.
E-mail me if you find one.

Posted by: d'anna on March 22, 2005 02:44 AM



Corporate suppression of data is now so routine that no one raises an eyebrow. In the wake of an EPA advisory panel classifying the Teflon chemical C8 (ammonium perfluorooctanoate, or PFOA) as a "likely carcinogen," reporter Ken Ward Jr. of the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette learned that in 1981 DuPont initiated a study to learn whether exposure to C8 caused birth defects in the children of Teflon factory workers. When the study found an excess of birth defects in the children, the study was abandoned and the results filed away without notifying the federal government. Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) companies must tell the EPA when they find information "that reasonably supports the conclusion that [a chemical] presents a substantial risk of injury to health."

Posted by: Sepp on July 24, 2005 04:45 PM


will you consider Le creuset as safest cookware,since,glass cookware is too difficult to find,how about rice cooker?it has an aluminun pan insert,is there an alternative product to that?

Posted by: margie lodovico on August 4, 2005 07:13 AM


we are interested in titanium cookware, did anyone do the research? are they safe, any toxic componds, are they painted? I have birds and love them dearly, but my family is of most concerns to me.

Posted by: leola lamarche on November 23, 2005 06:34 PM


I too was leaning toward glass cookware simply because it seems least polluted. Then I found a Gov't of Canada website ( that states some glass cookware contains lead and cadmium, both evil words in any honest food lexicon.

What a mess. Can anyone help?

Posted by: Sandy Treutler on December 17, 2005 04:57 PM


I would like to know where to get the haudguss made in Germany titanium frying pans and saucepans from in Australia. Would anyone be able to help me????

Many thanks

Posted by: Laurelle Gordon on January 11, 2006 10:29 AM


We just bought a titanium ceramic (over aluminum) 12" Pro-HG saute pan and separate steel lid manufactured by Vollrath (WI,USA), sold by Ameriware, at Costco, by a salesman who shows up there 2x a year. We've only used it for a week, but like the way it cooks and cleans up.

Posted by: Lucille Nawara on January 17, 2006 06:45 PM


Look into the cookware at costco it contains a teflon generic - same stuff - google it and you will see - i bought a set this last week and brought them back before using them to cook for my 5 children - oh yeah titanium dust can be deadly as well

Posted by: cheryl on January 29, 2006 04:33 PM


A post on AlterNet, found on the Alternative Medicine Forum:

DuPont running scared?

Posted by Matthew Wheeland at 3:05 PM on February 3, 2006.

The makers of Teflon seem to be defensive about something...

After this week's glut of news about the health risks of everyone's favorite non-stick coating (and Mafia nickname), DuPont, the makers of Teflon have launched a massive defensive ad campaign.

On page A5 of today's New York Times, better placement than, say, the news that every part of the country was much warmer than usual, the full-page ad features a pan with the heading "Teflon (R) Non-Stick Coating is Safe" in enormous type.

Forgive me for not believing the international chemical conglomerate, but I'll go instead with the Green Guide's recommendations for stainless steel and cast-iron pots and pans.

Heck, if it was good enough for Grizzly Adams, it's good enough for me and mine....

Matthew Wheeland is AlterNet's managing editor.

Posted by: Sepp on February 4, 2006 10:06 PM


I purchased the "Vollrath (WI,USA), sold by Ameriware, at Costco" about two weeks ago which is everything that the salesperson said ie cleanup and cooking, however, after reading about Teflon and Dupont I am concerned about safety of Vollrath. Does anyone know if this cookware emits PFOA gas like Teflon?

Posted by: Walter on February 5, 2006 05:14 PM


Anyone know where I can buy soapstone fryingpans? They were used in the late 1800's on cast iron stoves and are supposedly a natural non-stick surface. I'd like to get my hands on a couple of these!

Posted by: Brad on February 5, 2006 06:03 PM


You can buy haudgass through Young Living Essential Oils at:

I have the large pan & absolutely love it!!

Posted by: Maria on February 6, 2006 05:33 PM


you can get soapstone products thru and

I have not cooked with them but I have seen and held them.
they are beautiful and very heavy!

Posted by: Monnie on February 11, 2006 08:44 PM


I would just like to mention about a week ago my mom fired up her broiler, she didnt realize there was a teflon cookie sheet in it.
she came back to see if everything was pre heated and the fumes were so bad she described it as having the breath sucked from her body. She actually had to go do the doctor. the doctor just said she had pneumonia symptoms.

im about to toss my expensive set of pans.

Posted by: Mike Daoust on February 24, 2006 07:01 PM


Come on folks...PFOA is dangerous but there is no PFOA in Teflon. PFOA is a byproduct of the manufacturing process for creating Teflon for pans and is not present once the manufacturing process is complete. Do a little more research and stop paying tribute to the class-action lawsuit lawyers.

The fact of the matter is the class-action law suit is about hiding information and NOT about the chemicals, which are not even present in Teflon, being harmful. Yes, they shouldn't have shuffled the information away. But the information they hid wasn't about the use of Teflon, it was about making Teflon.

In addition, if you pay attention the information about those harmed by PFOA they aren't about the average individual cooking in their kitchen, it is about Dupont employees, who are exposed to the PFOA as part of the Teflon manufacturing process.

And the bird issue...puleeze. Small birds are hyper sensitive to almost any chemical fume. For instance, try burning some milk in your kitchen with polly on your shoulder...the fumes from the burning milk will probably kill the bird.

Let's not jump to conclusions. We as americans, who have an obesity rate of 65% of the population, have a lot more to worry about from eating poorly than what we do from what we cook with. Teflon isn't among the top 5 killers of American...try heart disease and cancer, as just 2 examples, that are both directly related to diet and not Teflon.

Posted by: Phil Maloy on April 14, 2006 07:55 AM


Do you know where I can reach HaudGuss for replacement of my pan, which at the time of purchase, was claimed to have a life time warranty .

Please let me know by my email - many thanks in advance.

garychen [at]

Posted by: Gary on April 17, 2006 03:46 PM


I also need to know where to send my crappy frying pan with the lifetime warranty that my crazy husband paid a mint for.
It cannot be cleaned...maybe its just my cooking.

Posted by: Kim on May 2, 2006 06:17 AM


Does anyone know the health concerns of cooking with Titanium objects like Scanpan? I know many people think they are great because of their non-stick properties, but I am concerned about dangerous fumes. Could anyone direct me to any report or study about this?

Posted by: Veronica on May 4, 2006 02:42 AM


Just bought the Costco pan set,the nice man said the nonstick surface contained no teflon, only ceramic and titanium...wrong! Where is the nonstick property in these two elements? It has to be a generic name teflon. I was duped, I'm returning them and going back to my good old fashioned cast iron skillet. Just apply a little olive oil, keep the heat low,and those eggs will slide right off onto your plate, more iron supplements! Just clean with a little salt and a stiff brush,then apply a thin coat of veg oil over surface before putting away.

Posted by: Scott on May 16, 2006 03:33 AM


I am considering the purchase of a Thermadore professional stove top range that has a titanium gridle and grill. Is this safe? Are fumes emitted from the titanium when heated toxic? Please write to me at Much appreciated.

Posted by: Jack on May 20, 2006 08:16 AM


i just purshased a new hair ceramic straightener...what i didn't notice was that it it was teflon coated. IS there any risks invovled using the straightener and can it produced fumes at 200 degrees?

Posted by: Angie on May 24, 2006 07:54 AM


i just wanted to pass along this comment. i was cooking
cabbage in an all aluminum pressure cooker, was distracted out of the house, upon returning discovered my
blue & gold macaw coughing & acting listless. rushed him to vet, but it was too late. vet said his lungs were filled with blood,signs that
indicated toxic poisoning as
from non-stick products. my
pressure was by MIRRO, all aluminum, with a black exterior (assumed to be paint). has any one else experienced a similar situation? please contact me

Posted by: james wood on June 27, 2006 08:53 AM


want in all class action lawsuits including teflon coated pans or anything teflon. thank you

Posted by: TERRY L. CARPENTER on July 26, 2006 11:13 AM


Check out

it describes Nanotechnology used in the manufacture of non-stick titanium pans.

Then go to

all seems too new a science still being closely watched . Don't fall for the hype. Don't be their guinea pigs, whilst making them rich. Its your life in question
Best to stick to the simplest methods that only time has proven safe.

Posted by: thulsi crosina on January 21, 2007 02:09 PM


I have located a distributor for haudguss but would like to locate the german company. the distributor is in canada and has a website at
the cookware performs but I still have not found any information as to health risks.

Posted by: Marilayne Liba on February 5, 2007 01:56 PM


it is not haudguss, but handguss which is german for handcrafted, I have contacted the distributor and am researching any information related to health risks.

Posted by: marilayne on February 7, 2007 02:12 AM


Well now Costco has those Ameriware pots and pans here in Western Canada.. I have read all the above comments after I bought it and thinkng of returning re the generic teflon remarks..they are clear in their marketing that it is "teflon free". anything further developed in research or info to help me with my decsion is very mcuh appreciated.. cant do stainless steel re my nickel allergy.. sounds like le creust is safe ?? enamel on iron ?. thanks .

Posted by: Lucy Johnston on February 13, 2007 12:10 AM


Titanium is the best way to go. This is just one of the brands out there but they come with a lifetime warranty. Swiss Diamond is another good one. I bought my first titanium covered pan at a trade show and I'm sure I paid way too much. It's about 4 years old now and still non stick.

Posted by: Bob on February 15, 2007 02:01 PM


Here is proof that Swiss Diamond is a FRAUD.
The nano-composite non-stick cooking surface is made primarily with PTFE, the chemical known as Teflon.
"Teflon" is a trade mark name owned by DUPONT.

Posted by: Angela Vickers on March 3, 2007 04:51 PM


To Phil (if he is still following this posting): I would just like to comment that, yes, most of these reports are from people who have worked at the plants that make these teflon pans....BUT, you also mention that the highest causes of death is cancer. Well, there are multiple things that cause cancer....yes, eating well and not smoking will prevent cancer...among a lot of other things. But do you know what else you could do to avoid cancer? Stop eating out of those teflon pans!

I am not sure how safe the titanium ones are but another option is an enamel coated cast iron. I would think corningware is safe too. I think that there are a lot of things that add up to cause cancer. I just believe that if we can even reduce some of them...our children will be at least a little bit healthier. We only have one body, why not take care of it?

Posted by: Shannon on March 27, 2007 01:57 PM


Had to add my two cents to both Phil's and Shannon's comments. I think it is well worth noting that although the health risk of cooking with Teflon, or PTFE, is perhaps debatable there is no debating the environmental impact of producing our non-stick pans. The slurry that is used is carcinogenic, as Shannon notes, and its pervasiveness in the atmosphere is only beginning to be understood! Although we may choose not to use PTFE pots & pans, we can't choose to inhabit another atmosphere! (More's the pity) The manufacturing of Teflon is a risk to all of our health!

Posted by: Denise on April 24, 2007 03:27 PM


What about PRO-HG ceramic coated Platinum series cookware sold at Del Mar Fair???

Posted by: Barbara Morgan on June 17, 2007 02:23 PM


I can find everything but soapstone frying pans which is what I'd like. Please email me if you know where to find them at Thanks

Posted by: Rita on September 2, 2007 10:47 AM


I purchased a set of titanium cookware in nov. 2005. Now the frying pan stick, and I can't seen to restore it back to the original non stick cooking it once had new. I use my pans a lot, now back to using cast iron, the other titanium pots are all ok, satisfied but really, I paid way tooo much money for the value. Careful with this, the coating does end up sticking, or does someone have a way to restore it, please notify me. thanks

Posted by: leola lamarche on February 3, 2008 09:44 PM


Very interesting compilation! Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.

Posted by: Alexa Fleckenstein M.D. on June 18, 2008 09:36 AM


Pro HG cookware is CRAP I bought a set about 6 yrs ago and the two pans that I use all the time the coating has come off and food sticks really. Although there is a 25 yr warranty it's just not worth my time to send them back to Wisconsin. Save your money and don't buy these pans there not worth it. Now I'm going out to buy a good set of all stainless cookware. I am just tired af wasting money on these coated pans. DON'T BUY PRO HG PANS THEY ARE A RIP OFF!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Don Herget on June 27, 2008 06:39 PM


I have had the pro-hg stuff for 8 months and i really like it. It cooks very well. The bottoms get dirty but i don't cook food on the bottom of my pans. It's way better than the cheap crap i had before. I still use my all-clad stainless as well. Both are great.

Posted by: Hank on August 7, 2008 02:25 AM


my mom bought some haudguss pots and pan and gave me two, they are the WORST PANS i have ever used and i am so mad that she spent all that money on them, they stick, something is coming off from them,its disgusting. We live in Alberta, Canada does anyone know where i can to get something done about this

Posted by: aracely on August 25, 2008 03:43 PM


I bought some of the Handguss pans several years ago and I am going to get my daughter some for Christmas. The best cleaning method I have found is, after dinner I put about 1/3 cup of water in the pan and put it back on the stove top. When it starts to boil I just wipe it out with a paper towel. Never had to do more then that. I know that they do scratch if you use metal utensils but if you clean them while they are hot they release any food stuff stuck on.

Posted by: Joe on December 17, 2008 03:56 PM


We have just gotten off the phone with the company who manufactures the coating for Pro-HG pans for Vollrath.

They openly admitted that the structure of the pans is ceramic and titanium as the sales reps will tell you, while the coating is PTFE (plastic) which emits PFOA (toxic gases) the same as Teflon, just a different brand name.

Like many of you, we bought this expensive Pro-HG pan purported to be a safe, ceramic pan. Don't buy Vollrath!

If anyone knows of a class action lawsuit against this company for false advertising and health risks, please post here to let me know. We are preparing a letter to our state attorney's general office and the Vollrath and Cook's Warehouse companies. Please post here if you would like me to include your name.

Also, please call the man who makes the plastic coating: 818-556-2740 Howard Teichman at Cooks Warehouse (the manufacturer) and express your complaints about the crooks selling you "safe" toxic cookware. He was not pleasant on the phone and considered these health concerns to be a laughing matter. I think some more phone calls from concerned consumers would do him good.

Posted by: Kristin on January 26, 2009 06:22 PM


I have a set of Pro HG pans that are the opposite of non-stick. They were a gift in 2003 and at the time I didn't care about the health risks. Now things are different and I am very interested in the risks and I am tired of having to sift bs to find what may or may not be true.

Kristin, I am interested in what you find out about this issue and I will surely give your friend Howard a call.

Posted by: Trent on February 5, 2009 11:11 AM


Kristen says:

"Also, please call the man who makes the plastic coating: 818-556-2740 Howard Teichman at Cooks Warehouse (the manufacturer) and express your complaints about the crooks selling you "safe" toxic cookware. He was not pleasant on the phone and considered these health concerns to be a laughing matter."

Howard laughed at you because you are an idiot. Cook's Warehouse is just that--a warehouse! They sell cookware to restaurants and sell the Pro-HG series (a Vollrath product) at fairs, home shows, etc. There is NO Teflon in the Pro-HG pans!

Now that that is said, ALL non-stick pans have some type of PFC--like PTFE (Teflon)--in them. The concern is with PFOA--specifically with c8 of PFOA. PFOA is not present in the Pro-HG series. PFOA boils at 189 degrees centigrade and the Pro-HG finish is baked on at 400 degrees centigrade. Even if there were PFOA's to begin with (there are not), they would boil away during the manufacturing process.

Pro-HG pans (and their slightly less expensive and cheaper made cousins Ameriware from Costco) are the ONLY non-stick pans certified for use in restaurants by the NSF. The reason is they do not start out with any PFOA and there is no PFOA present in the final product.

We (us professional chefs and cooks) use Vollrath pots and pans all the time (Vollrath is in over 80 of US restaurants). Pro-HG and other versions of this non-stick system ave been used to cook food you've eaten; I guarantee it! Probably far more often than you know! Do some REAL research instead of dumping some left-wing liberal rant that's as uninformed as most of the global warming crap that's going around.

Posted by: Michael De Paulo on March 16, 2009 07:28 PM


Just found out about some bake ware and cook ware through Dr. Mercola. It is non-reactive. Price may seem high to some, but seems reasonable to me. It has a fifty-year guarantee. I will save up my money to get it, and get rid of what I currently have. My family's health and well-being is worth it.

Here's the info for it:

Best health to you, Danalyn Merino

Posted by: Danalyn Merino on June 25, 2009 04:28 PM


I would like to rescind my letter to Laurelle that is above, written on Jan. 17,2006 regarding our Ameriware non-stick frying pan that we bought at Costco. The pan has not gotten scratched in the 4 years we've used it, but the reason we bought that was because the salesman/demonstrator said it didn't have Teflon or Teflon ingredients, but we learned last year that that was a lie, that this is no better. We feel duped.

Posted by: Lucille P. Nawara on February 2, 2011 02:37 PM


Lucille, I will let both of your comments stand if that is ok with you. Meanwhile, here in Italy (and I guess in other EU countries) there is a new type of pan being phased in, as the old teflon stuff is being phased out. We are now having ceramic covering (light cream white coloring) over aluminium pans. They do not contain any teflon or teflon ingredients. Somehow the message must have gotten through to the manufacturers and they are offering non toxic pans now... Just as an example of what I am talking about but, as always, do your own research on what best suits your needs.

Posted by: Sepp on February 5, 2011 04:34 AM


Many of us have cookware with Teflon coating and you will definitely want to get rid of it after reading this. Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is the chemical, which makes things "non-stick.�? According to some advisers to the EPA it should be classified as a carcinogen (cancer-causing substance). But instead of banning it, the EPA has decided that the companies using Teflon should make it less likely to break down and they have until 2015 to do so.

Posted by: markuspaul on August 27, 2011 08:18 AM


While buying a non stick cookware, the first thing that needs to be checked is the coating which is used.Non stick cookwares coated with Teflon is harmful for Human Body. It has a substance called Carcinogen which can initiate cancer. There are several coating which are 100 natural.Ecolon is one of them. Neoflam is manufacturing non stick cookwares coated with Ecolon.

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