Selected questions and answers on cookware, ovenware and frying pans with a non-stick coating made of PTFE
FAQ of 18 December 2018
Cookware with a non-stick coating offers advantages: nothing gets baked on, easy to clean and low-fat preparation. The polymer polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is often used as the coating material.
PTFE as a non-stick coating on cookware and frying pans can become a health hazard if the dishes are used without being filled and the coating overheats, because PTFE develops toxic vapours at temperatures above 360 °C.
The transfer of fluorinated substances from PTFE coatings to food is currently being discussed. According to the latest available data, the quantities of these substances which can potentially be released if the dishes are used for their intended purpose are so low that no risk to health should be assumed.
In the following paragraphs, the BfR has compiled and answered the most frequently asked questions about cookware, ovenware and frying pans with a non-stick coating made of PTFE.