You’re wanting a good pots and pans set for your family without the possible leaching of harmful chemicals that could slowly cause you or your loved one’s harm. The following covers commonly asked questions about ceramic cookware safety regarding health.
What are the ceramic cookware dangers?
Are ceramic pans safe for you and your family?
It is not just about toxic chemicals leaching into our food, it’s also about the harm to factory workers exposed to toxins, the impacts on wildlife, and the contamination of our soil, water, and air from waste disposal.
Ceramic pots and pans are PFOA free cookware. They are also PTFE free and are regarded non-toxic cookware.
About PFOA and PTFE
You should avoid PFOA – perfluorooctanoic acid — also known as C8, which is a synthetic compound that has been used in the non-stick coating, Teflon. It persists in the environment and is harmful to animals and humans.
Another synthetic compound to avoid is PTFE – polytetrafluoroethylene — which has also been used in cookware with the Teflon non-stick coating. As it breaks down, PTFE is harmful to humans and in the environment, is lethal to birds.
Regarding lead and cadmium, all ceramic cookware sold in the US must meet standards.
The California Proposition 65 standards are regarded the most stringent available to consumers and require companies to display a warning label on products that have toxic substances exceeding certain limits, particularly 0.1 ppm for lead and 0.049 ppm for cadmium.
The US FDA also sets standards for lead and cadmium levels in cookware.
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