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Study finds that non-stick pans could emit millions of microplastic particles, posing a health concern

As users cook or wash non-stick pots, millions of tiny plastic particles could be released.

A new study by Australian researchers found that just one surface crack in a Teflon-coated saucepan could release approximately 9,100 plastic particles.

Raman imaging and algorithmic modeling have shown that broken coatings can lead to the release of 2.3 million microplastics or nano plastics at a micro-scale.

Microplastics are plastic pieces that measure less than five millimeters, while nano plastics measure less than 1 micrometer.

In a Flinders University release, Dr. Cheng Fang from the University of Newcastle stated that Teflon, a nonstick coating material, is generally a member of PFAS.

He warned that PFAS is a major concern and Teflon microparticles found in food may pose a health risk.

Fang and his colleagues tested six nonstick pans and pots. They were all new and had been used. However, no food or oils were used.

According to the station, the cookware was tested with a steel spatula and a barbeque clamp as well as a stainless steel wool scrubber, a wooden spatula, and a barbeque clamp.

Fang stated that even if the cookware is not damaged, the coating can still release particles over time.

Professor Young Tang, a Flinders University researcher, said that the study cautions

people about choosing and using utensils to avoid food contamination. However, more research is advised, “given that Teflon, a relative of PFAS, is also recommended.”

Teflon, a synthetic plastic made of carbon and fluorine atoms, is also known as synthetic plastic.

According to the study, it has a low friction level and remarkable chemical, thermal, and electrical stability.

Teflon is also a member PFAS. These chemicals are often called “forever chemicals” as they can take hundreds, or even thousands of years to degrade in the environment.

They can also remain in the body, potentially causing health problems.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, also known as PFAS, can be found in thousands of everyday items, soil, water, and air.

The most common ways people are exposed to chemicals is by drinking PFAS-contaminated food or water or using products containing PFAS.

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