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Comment Consideration #2

Monday, January 16, 2012

I'm focusing this week's Comment Consideration entirely on this comment from DuPont Representative Sara on my eco-eggs post.
She writes:
I applaud the idea of creating a safer home, and because there's so much misinformation out there about PFOA and the Teflon® brand, I'm not surprised that you are concerned. I'm a representative of DuPont though, and hope you'll let me share some information with you and your readers so that everyone can make truly informed decisions.

Regulatory agencies, consumer groups and health associations all have taken a close look at the Teflon® brand. This article highlights what they found -- the bottom line is that you can use Teflon® non-stick without worry.


I'd truly be glad to share additional information about it if you are interested, and appreciate your consideration of this comment. Cheers, Sara.
My reply:
Please note that I took a week before responding to Sara from DuPont because I wanted my reply to be based on a thorough investigation on my part and not a knee-jerk reaction. When I write parenting posts, my job is to provide facts and that is what I did in the original article about PFOAs in nonstick cookware. I do welcome debate, so I encourage you to read the document she referenced (click Full Screen to read because their is a membership fee to download or print). It is an article by ConsumerReports.org that summarizes lab testing they had done on nonstick cookware. CR found little to almost no PFOAs in the air after using nonstick pans, so they conclude that the pans are safe. I thank Sara for sharing these findings. There are dozens of conflicting studies about PFOAs and nonstick cookware. I found two articles that I felt offered a balanced perspective in examining the pro and cons on this issue. For you  research wonks, I also linked up to the EPA and Environmental Working Group's websites. You can draw your own conclusions. I know my mind is made up...


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing both sides of the debate. But like you, I already made up my mind, and I'm not going back. Besides, financially, stainless steel lasts way longer.

Maureensk said...

It was nice of you to honor the "other side's" view, but like you, I've resigned myself to removing plastic from our house. This is being met with major resistance from multiple family members and is going to take time and money to remove all the plastic, but with the number of neurological problems my kids have, something is night right and I'm looking at plastic as being a major culprit.

Kim said...

Shaune is a fan of stainless steel and cast iron. How interesting though this woman's response.

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