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Reducing Your Exposure to PFCs

To reduce personal exposure, avoid purchasing or at least minimize use of products containing PFCs. Consider these tips:

Reduce greasy packaged foods and fast foods in your diet.  Not only is the nutritional quality of these foods questionable, the packaging for greasy foods such as microwave popcorn, French fries, and pizza are often treated with PFOA laden grease-resistant coatings.

Avoid stain-resistant furniture and carpets.  Choose furniture and carpets that aren’t marked “stain-resistant.”  Decline treatments and ask for products that have not been pretreated with products such as Stainmaster.

Avoid Teflon and other non-stick cookware.  If you do choose to use non-stick cookware, do not overheat or burn them.  PFCs are released when the cookware reaches 450 °F (Sinclair et al, 2007). Discard products when the non-stick coatings show signs of deterioration. 

Choose alternatives to clothing with Teflon labels or otherwise known to be treated for water or stain-resistance.  Many of the treated outerwear and gear are coated with PFCs.

Read the labels of your personal care products.  Avoid personal care products made with Teflon or containing ingredients that include words “fluoro” or “perfluoro.”  PFCs can be found in shaving cream, dental floss and a variety of cosmetics, including nail polish, facial moisturizers, and eye makeup. 

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