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September 2010 Issue

Teflon Cookware Under Fire, Safety Issues Raise More Questions

It all started in the 1960s, when Teflon cookware was introduced to kitchens, and cooks reveled in the bliss of non-stick sautéing, flipping and frying. Failed omelets and deep-soaked pans became a thing of the past, until new studies uncovered a dark side of Teflon. Teflon, Dupont’s brand name for polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), the non-stick coating for pans and other cookware, among other uses, came under fire early on when flecks of the coating peeled into food cooked in the pans.

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