Teflon and other heat-resistant coatings may deplete the ozone layer and contribute to global warming.
Teflon, and similar chemicals called fluoropolymers, are used to protect surfaces regularly exposed to extreme heat. When heated, these substances produce a wide range of chemicals including trifluoroacetic acid (TFA); chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), known to destroy ozone; and fluorocarbons.
In the fall of 2003, ABC news program 20/20
, with the help of the Environmental Working Group, ran an eye-opening story on the dangers of Teflon. According to the report, one of the main chemicals used in the production of Teflon, ammonium perfluorooctanoate, known as C-8, has been linked to cancer and severe organ damage. When Teflon is overheated, fumes and particles, some toxic, may be released. An illness known as the "Teflon flu" may result. Symptoms include headache, chills, fever and backache.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of Teflon, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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