Thursday, January 17, 2008

Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) / Teflon

Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)

Polyfluorinated chemicals are widely used as water, stain and grease repellants for food wrap, carpet, furniture, and clothing that have been detected in adults, newborns, and wildlife all around the globe. They persist in the body for decades, acting through a broad range of toxic mechanisms to present potential harm to a wide range of organs. EWG's work has resulted in an international phaseout effort and court victories against major manufacturers.

EWG Research on Chemicals in Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)

Related News Clips on Chemicals in Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)

Health Effects related to Perfluorochemicals (PFCs): Brain and nervous system, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Cancer, Reproduction and fertility, Birth or developmental effects, Persistent and bioaccumulative, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Immune system (including sensitization and allergies)

Routes of Exposure related to Perfluorochemicals (PFCs):

  • Consumer products: carpets, clothing
  • Environment: industrial water pollution, rain
  • Food: food packaging, popcorn
  • Found in people
  • Miscellaneous: manufacturing, medical, occupational
  • Water: sewage sludge, tap water

Related Chemicals

pfosaa, pfhs, pfba (perfluorobutyric acid), pfosa (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid), pfbs (perfluorobutane sulfonate), pfda (perfluorodecanoic acid), pfdoa (perfluorododecanoic acid), pfhpa (perfluoroheptanoic acid), pfhxa (perfluorohexanoic acid), pfhxs (perfluorohexansulfonate), view all...

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