What is PFOA?
Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) was previously used in the manufacturing process of PFTE. Research found that at high temperatures the acid would leech into the food being cooked in the pan. Ingesting perfluorooctanoic acid has been linked to developmental problems, fertility issues, thyroid disease and tumours, which cause the Teflon cancer debate. PFOA was classified as a toxic substance in 2015 around the world and regulations require that all frypans purchased post-2015 are PFOA-free.
Is Tefal Safe?
In 2014, non-stick pans, in particular, Teflon pans got a bad wrap with whistleblowers saying that the coating was toxic and potentially harmful for users. The largest associated risk is Teflon poisoning caused by heating the pan to extremely high temperatures to the point where it releases fumes which have been proven to be toxic to birds and have a negative impact on humans.
Whilst companies claim that their Teflon coating is non-toxic there are a few precautions you can take:
- Do not heat over 260 degrees
- Do not heat up an empty pan
- Never heat oil at high temperatures
- Avoid using metal utensils
- Wash your pan with a sponge, not steel wool
While Teflon has been given the all-clear with health authorities around the world some people still do believe that it has numerous health-associated risks and that the safest cookware is pans made from cast iron, ceramic and porcelain.
Here are a couple of our favourite pans:
Tefal Hard Titanium Non-Stick Frypan 24cm
Shop now: Myer $79.95
Wolstead Stonetek Twin Frypan Set 24cm & 30cm
Shop now: Kitchen Warehouse $99.95
SCANPAN Classic Induction Non-Stick Frypan 20cm
Shop now: David Jones $179.00