PTFE and PFOA are both chemicals used in nonstick coatings – however, only one of them has been found to be carcinogenic: PFOA.
Does Swiss Diamond contain PFOA?
No! Swiss Diamond’s HD nonstick coating has been manufactured without PFOA since 2008.
However, even if you purchased your Swiss Diamond cookware before 2008, it is still safe: Swiss Diamond’s unique production process ensured elimination of all PFOA particles. Independent tests by the Danish Technological Institute on cookware manufactured before 2008 provide assurance that Swiss Diamond products do not have any PFOA particles.
What is PFOA?
PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid, is a chemical formerly used in the production of DuPont Teflon® and other nonstick coatings. It was recommended for discontinuation by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after studies revealed it causes developmental and other adverse effects in laboratory animals. Read more on the EPA website.
Does Swiss Diamond use PTFE?
Yes. PTFE is naturally inert, and there is no evidence that PTFE is unhealthy when used according to the Use & Care instructions. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a watchdog organization dedicated to informing consumers about potentially toxic ingredients in common products, confirms that PTFE is not considered an environmental toxin, is not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful, and is not suspected to be bioaccumulative.
Swiss Diamond’s nonstick coating is an exclusive PTFE-based formula manufactured in Sierre, Switzerland. Each component of the formula is carefully sourced and imported under strict European health and safety regulations. Swiss Diamond does not use a pre-fabricated base such as DuPont Teflon®. Manufacturing our nonstick coating in-house guarantees we know exactly what goes into it — and we are proud to use it with our own families.
In-house production is also eco-friendly: it reduces transportation emissions and packaging normally needed to ship the finished product.
Will PTFE harm my pet bird?
If heated above the recommended maximum temperature of 500 degrees F (260 degrees C), a PTFE-based nonstick coating could affect pet birds.
However, burning food in and/or overheating a ceramic nonstick pan, stainless steel pan, or any other type of cookware can also cause issues for your pet bird! This is because birds have extremely sensitive respiratory systems — the same reason coal miners used canaries to test the air in a mine shaft.
Pet birds should never be placed in or near the kitchen, as inhalation of smoke or other substances can be deadly.
When used according to the Use & Care instructions,Swiss Diamond pans are safe for use around pet birds — and their owners.
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