Good question, nahgas. If teflon is heated up to 446 degrees, it will release some toxic particulates, and at 680, it releases even more chemicals. One of these chemicals is called perflurooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical that has caused birth defects and cancer in lab animals. Under normal cooking situations, you have nothing to worry about, but make sure you don’t forget a pan on a burner and let it heat up too much,
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Although there isn’t any conclusive evidence on the level of toxicity of Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C8, the effective of this material is under investigation. The Environmental Protection Agency has taken steps to stop the production of PFOA in the future. In 2006, the EPA organized a PFOA Stewardship Program where eight companies were asked to stop generating products with PFOA with the target goal of eliminating those products by 2015.
Teflon is made with the chemical per-fluoro-octanoic acid (PFOA) which is beleived to potentially cause cancer and birth defects. When teflon is overheated, emissions of PFOA are released along with other chemicals. PFOA can also be found in some pizza boxes, popcorn bags, and other common items. It has been tested that 95% of Americans have PFOA in their blood stream.
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