Cookware linked to Low Birth Weight - Natural Awakenings, November 2007, Issue.
Evidence is mounting that wise cooks stay away from non-stick cookware.
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that exposure of developing human fetuses to chemical compounds often used in non-stick cookware and in some food packaging may reduce birth weight and size.
The study, recently published in the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, echoes cautions previously issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Last year, the EPA asked several companies to work toward the elimination of PFOA, a likely carcinogen found in non-stick surfaces, by 2015. Some studies have shown that the chemical is now present at low levels in the bloodstream of 9 out of 10 Americans. Watchdog EWG, also advises consumers to stay away from non-stick cookware.