- A variety a stain-resistant products contain compounds that break down into perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).
- PFOA is used to help make polymers that repel stains, keep grease in fast food wrappers, and improve hair-care products.
- PFOA doesn't break down.
- Lab animals have developed cancer and developmental problems after exposure to PFOA.
- PFOA is not found directly in the products. Compounds break down to release it.
- The EPA has asked 8 companies to cut down emissions of PFOA and chemicals that break down to form PFOA 95% by 2010.
My $0.02: If more people knew about this harmful chemical in their products, then there would be boycotts and a lot of complaints. This simply wouldn't be tolerated. Instead, most people are kept in the dark. I also note that there was no mention of the names of the companies that need to cut down their PFOA emissions. Coincidence? Definitely not.