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Consumer Advocate Mark Jala Issues Warning About New PFOA Free Nonstick Cookware

PFOA free nonstick cookware should be healthy cookware, right? It might not be. Consumer advocate Mark Jala issues a warning to all buyers of healthy and safe cookware that just because a cookware advertises as PFOA free that it may not be healthy or safe cookware. The problem lies in that huge companies making millions of dollars on PFOA over the years are not going to stand by and just watch that money go away. DuPont, 3M, and other makers of PFOA have replaced PFOA with another chemical compound. Time will tell just how good, or how bad, it really is.

Is PFOA Free Nonstick Cookware Healthy?

PFOA in Our Bodies Today

PFOA has been manufactured in industrial quantities since the 1940’s. It is not a new product. It helps create a slick surface. Today, PFOA is applied to pre-treated carpets, carpet care liquids, apparel, upholstery, textiles, medical garments, floor wax and wax removers, tile sealants, food contact paper, dental floss and of course, cookware. Studies show 98% of all people have PFOA in their bloodstream right now.

Imagine you come home from work, tired and exhausted. You take your coat off and walk on your ScotchGuard protected carpet and plop down on your stain resistant sofa. It feels so good to relax. You take in a good deep, relaxing breath. Little did you know that the dust you stirred up walking on the carpet and sitting down on the sofa lifted up tiny particles of PFOA that is now being inhaled in that relaxing deep breath. Congratulations, you are now one of the 98% that has PFOA in your system.

A good history about PFOA and how deceptive the manufacturers have been over time can be found here at Environmental Working Group.

PFOA Free Nonstick Cookware Consumer Warning

Consumer advocate, and founder of www.YourCookwareHelper.com, issues a warning to all buyers of PFOA free nonstick cookware. “If you think the new PFOA free nonstick cookware you are buying is healthy cookware, you may want to look again. DuPont, 3M and other manufacturers of PFOA products have replaced PFOA with another chemical compound. That new chemical compound may be what is in that new cookware you are considering. The bottom line is no one knows the health implications of that new chemical compound. PFOA started being made in the 1940’s and it wasn’t until the late 1990’s to early 2000’s before any action was even considered about PFOA. PFOA will have been in production 75 years before being voluntarily removed from products. How long will it take for the PFOA replacements to be fully vetted for health concerns?” says Mark Jala. “We just don’t know yet about these new products.”

Healthy Cookware Recommendations

Mark Jala recommends, until these new PFOA replacements can be fully vetted, to stick with the known healthy and safe cookware products. These products include:

  • Stainless steel
  • Ceramic
  • Cast iron and enameled cast iron
  • Clay
  • New variations in “green” cookware

Until the PFOA free nonstick cookware is fully vetted for safety, this website will show on the dashboard the following graphic(this change will be fully implemented in 2014):

Maybe Healthy Cookware  For more details on healthy cookware please see the other articles on this site:

  1. Healthy Cookware and Safe Cookware Trends
  2. Healthy Nonstick Cookware for Your Health and Cooking
  3. What is Safe Cookware and Healthy Cookware
  4. Is Anodized Aluminum Cookware Considered Safe Cookware?

Some of the favorite healthy cookware items recommended on this site include the following:

Scanpan Classic 8 Piece Cookware Set Scanpan Classic 8 Piece Cookware Set
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Staub Ceramic Cookware

Staub ceramic cookware has a glass porcelain finish with beautiful colors on the outside. With an oven to tabletop quality, presentation earns high marks. Staub ceramic cookware is much lighter than their cast iron cookware. While the selection of products is growing, the rectangular bakers dishes and pie dishes are popular.

Staub Ceramic Cookware

• Highly scratch resistant
• Highly impact and thermal shock resistant
• Oven, broiler, microwave and freezer safe
• High polished rim won’t scratch surfaces
• Easy to grip handles
• Easy to clean
• Dishwasher safe
• Made in China

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My Take on Staub Ceramic Cookware

Unfortunately Staub ceramic cookware is not of the same quality as their fantastic cast iron products. Perhaps this will change in time, but for now, I would suggest Emile Henry or Le Creuset clay and stoneware products. It’s not to say that they are bad, it’s just that there are better alternatives for stoneware or clay.

Staub Ceramic Set of Two Mini Oval Cocottes, Dark Blue Staub Ceramic Set of Two Mini Oval Cocottes, Dark Blue
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Staub Pie Dish, Dark Blue, 1.3 qt. - Dark Blue Staub Pie Dish, Dark Blue, 1.3 qt. - Dark Blue
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Staub 3-Quart Ceramic Rectangular Dish, Cherry

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Staub .22-Quart Mini Round Ceramic Cocotte, Cherry

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Staub Ceramic mini Cocotte is a timeless standby for individual servings of stews, roasts, soups, casseroles and other one-pot classics. Staub has developed a new kind of ceramic which is less porous and more resistant to cracking and thermal shocks. This new clay gives gentle heat distribution and brings out the food's flavor. When your meal is ready, La Cocotte moves beautifully from the oven to your table.

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Set of 2 Ceramic Mini OVAL Cocottes (Rouge Red) – Staub

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Staub Ceramic Round Mini Cocotte with Lid, Orange, 10 cm, Made in France

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Staub Mini Round Ceramic Cocotte (Set of 2) Dark Blue

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Staub has developed a new kind of ceramic which is less porous and more resistant to cracking and thermal shocks. This new clay gives gentle heat distribution and brings out the food's flavor. When your meal is ready, La Cocotte moves beautifully from the oven to your table. With these 2 round mini cocotte you can bake charming individual portions while entertaining your guests. They are the perfect size for accenting a table with dips, condiments, cheeses, salsas and aioli. The lid makes it practical for heating up sauces in the microwave or keeping snacks fresh.

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  • Set of 2 mini ceramic cocottes
  • 4" / 10 cm
  • Can be used in a microwave oven.
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Freezer Safe

Staub Rectangular Ceramic Baking Dish – Dark Blue

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Staub Ceramic Rectangular Gratin Dish, Dark Blue, 10.5" x 7.5"

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  • Vitreous glass porcelain enamel finish is resistant to scratches and stains
  • Extremely fine polished base prevents damage to cooking surface or table
  • 10.5" x 7.5", 2.5Qt
  • Ceramic features superior thermal shock and impact resistance
  • Oven, broiler, microwave, refrigerator, freezer and dishwasher safe

Staub Ceramic Rectangular Baking Dish – Basil

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Staub Rectangular Dish, Basil, 10.5" x 7.5"

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Staub Set of Four Ceramic Petite Small Dessert Bowls, 12 cm, Dark Blue, Made in France

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Staub Rectangular Ceramic Baking Dish – White

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Staub Rectangular Dish, White, 10.5" x 7.5"

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