Study Confirms Articles Coated With Teflon Safe for Consumer Use
WILMINGTON, Del. - A scientific study commissioned by DuPont confirmed that there is no risk to consumers from potential exposure to trace levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and that the margins of safety for all products tested dramatically exceeded the levels of protection typically used by regulatory agencies to judge the safety of chemicals. Based on results of the study, the use of consumer articles with DuPont Teflon® and other DuPont-branded materials would not result in any detectable exposure to PFOA.
DuPont, in cooperation with other major producers of fluoropolymers, has announced that by year-end 2006, it will reformulate its dispersion products used for coatings applications. This move will reduce the potential for emissions at dispersion processors by more than 90 percent. In addition, DuPont will reduce trace-PFOA content in end-use telomer products by more than 85 percent, also by year-end 2006.