It's Official: Non-Stick Cookware Chemical is a ''Likely'' Carcinogen
February 14, 2006
The EPA has already urged companies to voluntarily ban their use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) -- a chemical used in making non-stick cookware.
An independent scientific review panel advising the EPA took it a step further, ruling non-stick and stain-resistant chemicals are "likely" carcinogens.
Cancer, Hormones, Immune and Nervous Systems
The panel's findings went beyond the EPA's current stance in two other major areas:
- Future risk assessments involving PFOA should include its contribution to various cancers (such as liver, pancreatic, testicular and breast).
- PFOA's effect on hormones as well as the immune and nervous systems must also be included in any risk assessment
"Just Good Science"
The upshot of the panel's final recommendations, according to the Environmental Working Group, was that far more stringent reporting was inarguably necessary and "just good science." It's very rare for the EPA to overturn a review by an advisory board.