Non-Stick Safety


T-FAL Non-Stick Safety


Recently there has been a lot of media coverage about the relationship between PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and non-stick cookware.

T-FAL® non-stick coatings do not contain PFOA.

PFOA is a component used to manufacture polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), an ingredient in non-stick coatings. At 300° C (572° F) PFOA has a half life of 0.14 seconds, meaning that half the PFOA present is destroyed in this period of time. This means that in one second at this temperature it goes through seven half lives so that 99.2% of PFOA is destroyed. PTFE is cured on cookware at temperatures above 300° C and typical curing time is ten minutes (600 seconds, or 4,285 half lives). PFOA is not present in the final cookware product.

In 2003, independent analysis conducted by three different laboratories confirmed that no PFOA is present in T-FAL's non-stick cookware products. Our products are safe and adhere to the rigid quality standardization and environmental testing of Groupe SEB, our parent company.

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T-FAL Non-stick Coatings - General Information

All T-FAL non-stick coatings contain PTFE, (polytetrafluoroethylene) a remarkable plastic polymer. This is the slippery ingredient that makes the non-stick finish. PTFE is made up of "tetra fluoro ethylene" molecules that contain only carbon and fluorine. The non-stick coating is not attacked by acid or alkali bases and is very stable when heated. Health authorities in the US, Canada, France, Europe and other countries have approved non-stick PTFE coatings for use on cookware. Actually, it is an inert substance which does not enter into chemical reactions with food, water, or household cleaners. If ingested, it is totally innocuous to the body. Non-stick is so safe it is frequently used by the medical profession for coating heart stimulators, small pipes used as replacement arteries, and has even been injected into patients with serious kidney conditions.

To cause any possible hazard to the consumer, it would be necessary to heat 36 non-stick frying pans simultaneously to 750° F. Since in a domestic kitchen the maximum temperature possible to which a pan can normally be heated is approximately 575° F, there is no risk should a pan be accidentally overheated.

Only T-Fal non-stick cookware has Thermo-Spot™, a unique patterned red spot in the center of the frying pan that changes to solid red when the pan is perfectly pre-heated and ready to cook. By monitoring pre-heating using Thermo-Spot, cooking can start without the empty pan overheating.

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