In vivo and in vitro studies suggest that PFOA
and PFOS are endocrine disruptors (Du et al.
3 [micro]g/L) for PFOS or PFOA
, or 7 [micro]g/L for perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA) (MDH, 2008).
Boyd Coatings' Zero PFOA
PTFE coatings have been successful in the field now for nearly a year.
While there are no known cases of airborne PFOA
causing direct health problems for consumers, workers in plants where Teflon has been produced are at increased risk for cancers of the pancreas and the male reproductive tract.
The company launched a plan to reduce PFOA
use and emissions in 2002, before joining the PFOA
Stewardship program launched by the U.
PFOS and PFOA
are chemicals widely used to stain proof fabrics and carpets.
Besides food packaging, PFOA
is also commonly used in Teflon and other stain-resistant coatings.
Tennants alleged that releases of PFOA
from DuPont's Dry Run
The researchers came to their conclusions--which they warn are preliminary and need to be verified by future studies--by testing cord blood samples from 293 pregnant women for PFOA
and PFOS, and then examining the levels in relation to pregnancy outcomes.
An advisory group to the Environmental Protection Agency has recommended classifying PFOA
as a rodent carcinogen that may harm people.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the use of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA
, in the production of its trademark Teflon non-stick product, the DuPont Company recently announced that it would phase out its production and use of the chemical altogether by 2015 (see "Don't Pan-ic
Air Products offers two "fluoro-free" materials to help formulators achieve the goals of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) PFOA