Government Panel Declares Chemical in Teflon Carcinogenic

Associated Press writer Randall Chase reports that an FDA panel is making official its concerns about the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, which is also known as C-8:

A group of scientific advisers to the Environmental Protection Agency voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a recommendation that a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon and other nonstick and stain-resistant products should be considered a likely carcinogen.

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Leanne Veitch - February 20, 2006 4:57 PM

I think the answer to this one is clear: stick to raw foods as much as possible.

I don't intend to throw out my non-stick items on the basis of one recommendation. As was pointed out by T Colin Campbell in 'The China Study', cancer needs ideal conditions in which to grow. By keeping the animal proteins out of our diets, we're avoiding those conditions. So, theoretically, this warning should only be really relevant to people who include animal protein in their diets.

Dhrumil - February 21, 2006 11:47 AM

Very interesting coverage. PS I agree, raw foods is the way to go.

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