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What is the difference between PTFE and PFOA?

PTFE and PFOA are both chemicals used in nonstick coatings – however, only one of them has been found to be carcinogenic: PFOA.

Swiss Diamond’s HD nonstick coating has been manufactured completely 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 sanctioned 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.

Do you use PTFE?

Yes. 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.

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