of the companies that makes a nonstick cookware
product (DuPont Teflon®) has been sending
letters to webmasters demanding that they remove
any reference of their product (Teflon®)
harming birds from their web pages.
a quote from their letter:
such, we ask that you remove all references to DuPont Teflon®
internet website by week day, November XX, 2002. Please confirm in
your compliance to this request so we can note our records" (date
to protect the recipient of this letter)
web page is my effort to clear up any misconceptions
about nonstick products, and the use of the
word "Teflon®" on web pages. This
page is in the public domain so anyone is free
to link to it, copy it to their web site, or
email it. There is no copyright on this page
so feel free to do whatever you want with it.
site owners can use the word Teflon® to
talk about the dangers of PTFE as long as they
use the trademark symbol "®" with
the word, and also mention that it isn't just
the Teflon® brand but all nonstick products
that emit dangerous fumes.
as well as other products treated with the non-stick
coating polytetrafluorethylene, which are referred
to by a number of names including Teflon®,
Innovex 75T nonstick coating, and Thermo-SpotT
as well as others, can cause the death of birds
if overheated. Dupont, which manufactures Teflon®
has a bird safety page online that admits, if
you read to the very bottom of the page, that
fumes from overheated PTFE products such as
Teflon® can harm your bird. Your own veterinarian
can confirm that fumes from overheated PTFE
products, including but not limited to Teflon®,
can and does kill birds very quickly.
information needs to be on the product label
so that customers, if they have pet birds, will
be aware of the problem before they make the
Environmental Working Group(EWG)
articles and general information on the dangers
Silent Killer -- An
informative article about the dangers of PTFE to pet birds. Discusses
the history of PTFE, its harmful properties, and lists many products
poisoning: The Silent Killer by Dr. Darrel K.
Nature Chest Bird Shop -- A
news letter on the dangers of PTFE from someone
who has had first hand experience with it.
products of PTFE have been known to be extremely toxic to humans for
50 years. See: Harris, D.K., _The Lancet_ 1008 (1951).
Antonio Zoo in Texas lost 21 birds in an outdoor aviary awhile back.
Their death was caused when the birds gathered by lights that the zoo
had installed so that the birds could warm themselves in an outdoor
aviary. The bulbs had been coated with PTFE.
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study." American Journal of Veterinary Medicine, Vol. 43, No. 7,
report about Teflon® coated heat lamps allegedly causing raptor
deaths. Unfortunately, no reference to the original source is given
relatively new product is a make of heat lamp, which is designed and
markets which is painted on the exterior with Teflon®, In the
case involving the heat lamps, the lamps were being used to prevent
chilling of raptors that were being kept in otherwise unheated buildings
over night. The lamps appeared to function safely for one year, after
which time, with continued use at their normal working temperatures,
several poisonings occurred. In all 8 birds died over a period of
three months. All birds died or were affected by fumes over night.
The lamps were the proven source of the fumes. Histopathalogical findings
were consistent with Teflon® toxicosis." (source: http://www.parrotline.org/teflon.html)
thanks to Judith and Rex for their invaluable
Gore-tex®, SilverStone®and Teflon®are
registered trademarks of Dupont Chemical Company.
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