Teflon is known to release one or more of the 15 different types of toxic gases when it is heated to a certain temperature. Inhaling such gases can cause flu-like symptoms in humans. Symptoms include chills, headache, fever, and nausea. There are possibly more serious risks involved due to chemicals that are used in the manufacturing process of Teflon. There have been reports that the chemical, known as perflurooctanoic acid (PFOA) or C-8, has led to cancer and birth defects in lab animals, and also may have led to birth defects in DuPont plant workers. In 2005, an independent panel reporting to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared PFOA a likely human carcinogen.
Teflon, the material that makes pots and pans non-stick, is considered harmful because it releases chemicals when heated. Some of these chemicals are known carcinogens, which can cause cancer.
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