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Fair

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PTFE (TEFLON)

Health Concerns of the Ingredient:
Overall Hazard
 
 
Cancer
 
 
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
 
 
Allergies & immunotoxicity
 
 
Use restrictions
 
 
Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns

About PTFE (TEFLON): PTFE is a polymer of tetrafluoroethylene, known under the brand name Teflon.

Function(s): Bulking Agent; Slip Modifier; BINDING; SKIN CONDITIONING

Synoym(s): PTFE, ETHENE, TETRAFLUORO, HOMOPOLYMER; POLYTETRAFLUOROETHYLENE; TEFLON; TETRAFLUOROETHENE HOMOPOLYMER; AFLON; ALGLOFLON; ALGOFLON SV; ALKATHENE RXDG33; AMIP 15M; BALFON 7000; BDH 29-801

Data gaps

Concern Reference
17,336 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical see search results ->NLM PubMed

Ecotoxicology

Concern Reference
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Contamination concerns

Impurity Score
PERFLUOROOCTANOIC ACID
Data: Fair

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

Concern Reference
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

Concern Reference
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data Sources

AOEC (Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics). 2009. AEOC exposures codes and asthmagen designation.
Begley TH, White K, Honigfort P, Twaroski ML, Neches R, Walker RA. 2005. Perfluorochemicals: potential sources of and migration from food packaging. Food Addit Contam 22(10): 1023-31.
EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2006. HazMap — Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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