Those darn chemicals

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BPA

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Phtalates

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Pesticides

PFOA

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PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) is used during the process of creating teflon.


Historically there were some trace amounts left in teflon, and therefore in teflon pans, and heating teflon to very high temperatures would relase PFOA

Not healthy in larger amounts, and once a suspected carcinogen, so regulations meant it was no longer allowed to be present.


So new pans are generally PFOA-free (verify), even before stricter regulations were introduced[1]

Even if you have old teflon, having food in the pan should make it impossible to reach these temperatures (verify)