EWG Experiment 2: Above 1202°F (650°C), carbon tetrafluoroide and carbon dioxide are the major products generated during the decomposition [7]. But like that white flour cake, I’m not going to stress too much about a once a year indulgence. I went upstairs about two hours after our guests left and discovered the lovebird dead in his cage. New Teflon-lined Amana oven was used to bake biscuits at 325°F; all the owner’s baby parrots died [3] [4]. Although an accurate national accounting of deaths is not available, in a single year this Chicago veterinarian documented 296 bird deaths in 105 cases involving non-stick cookware. http://www.giveusahome.co.uk/birds/faq.htm, Eve’s India Another example of a pesticide inert ingredient is butyl benzyl phthalate, a chemical well known to cause serious birth defects of the male reproductive system in laboratory animals. Description: Guide to parrots and other exotic pet birds. In August 1996 the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (CCWHC) in Ontario, a collaboration of four university veterinarian colleges, investigated a report from the City of Scarborough Department of Public Health alleging an unusual number of wild bird deaths in an area bordering a cookware coating facility. He was having difficulty holding his balance and maintaining a grip. [15] Johnston, CJ., Finkelstein, JN., Mercer, P., Corson, N., Gelein, R and Oberdorster, G. 2000. http://www.quakerville.com/features/ptfe.asp, Lafeber Company [4,5]. Bird Crazy - Safety Guide for Plants and Poisons Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 168(3): 208-15. • Constructed of aluminized steel; clear nonstick silicone coating is PTFE and PFOA free With something like a stone, I’m guessing you’re all good. 1991. http://www.bignest.com/food.htm Fluoride ions inhibit cell respiration, decreasing production of ATP, the major form of chemical energy used by the body. | View Bird Death Diaries. http://www.realmacaw.com/pages/tielcare.html, Wool-N-Wings I found out the next day they had used carpet glue and a Teflon iron to repair the carpet. Hi there, I use cast iron frying pans and stainless steel too. May 9, 2002. "Is that newfangled cookware safe?" In this period of time, the temperature of the pan reached 664°F. It was found that when the particulate matter was filtered from the offgas products before the rats were exposed, the mortality was reduced to zero; this provides evidence that the particulate matter is required for toxicity at 842°F. At least two chemicals that have widely contaminated the world (PFOA and TFA), one currently undergoing a rigorous safety review at the Environmental Protection Agency (PFOA); Four gaseous chemicals and some components of the particulate matter that are highly persistent environmental pollutants, that likely never break down in the environment (TFA, PFOA, CF, Four chemicals that are considered highly toxic relative to most other industrial chemicals (PFIB, MFA, COF. http://www.soldanspet.com/petperspectives/bird_basics.htm, British Columbia SPCA 2003. http://www.africangreys.com/hints/emergency.htm, Birds Birds Birds! [27] Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB). She then noticed that her Ringneck was not visible in his cage. [1] Ellis, DA., Mabury, SA., Martin, JW and Muir, DC. I knew Squigmund was dying so I tried to collect myself, and tell him how much I loved him and I thanked him for all the joy, and comfort he gave me. For us, the colored Pyrex baking dishes were the problem. It’s just something noted in other reference articles. [6] Ellis DA, Mabury SA, Martin JW, Muir DC. HFP can also be added to pesticides as an “inert” ingredient [10], which does not mean that it is non-toxic, but only that is not the pesticide active ingredient. Thanks. Statistics reported by the Cookware Manufacturers Association indicate that 90 percent of all the aluminum cookware sold in the United States in 2001 was coated with non-stick chemicals like Teflon (Cooks Illustrated, September 2002). Wish they had bakeware. [16] Blandford, TB., Seamon, PJ., Hughes, R., Pattison, M and Wilderspin, MP. About eight years ago we had two Pyrex glass cooking dishes explode in our oven, at different times, with different types of foods etc. At this point the pan was removed from the burner and the burner was turned off. http://www.aspca.org/site/Search?query=PTFE&inc=10 So, this is probably a silly question….aluminum is okay when it is encased in something else like stainless steel, right? 464°F - Ultrafine particulate matter [4]: Teflon produces very small (ultrafine) particles which are very toxic, causing extreme lung damage to rats within 10 minutes of exposure. I absolutely love my cast iron skillets. [16] Key BD, Howell RD, Criddle CS. Parchment (or silicone, if you trust it) is a great way to use what you have even when it’s aluminum. For a very long time, like for the life of the bakeware you are using. Killed: All birds in a breeding operation Implicated in death: Fumes from non-stick manufacturing facility. PFOA-free and eco-friendly. Theresa K. writes: I awoke to my Husband calling me to get up, something was wrong with Watson. J. Phys. They’re also great for storage if you can find some with lids, which saves dishes. http://www.evesindia.com/family/pets/bird_safety.html, MSN Health http://www.drpetra.com/Birds/Household%20Dangers.htm, Long Island Parrot Society of New York A woman reported the death of a moluccan cockatoo four hours after contractors repaired a carpet tear using carpet glue and a Teflon iron [2]. Dealing with multiple cases of polymer fume fever in their workers, DuPont scientists conducted a series of studies beginning in the 1950s to identify the toxic components from heated Teflon, killing birds and rats in efforts to understand the potency of the gases and particles. Will definitely be referencing this post as I continue. She chose to eliminate the microwave. The dishes were a plumish-brown color. Finally, in the presence of glass (SiO2), SiF4 has been detected in the offgas products when teflon is heated to temperatures of 878°F (470°C)and higher [7, 11]; SiF4 is also a toxic gas and it has been reported that the presence of SiF4 enhances the toxicity of the other toxic Teflon offgas products [14]. 2. Do you choose to trust the makers of products who want your money at all costs? 1987. The typical lifespan of Amazon Parrots is 80 years. Again, none of the other birds were affected, and again the macaw recovered. The inhalation toxicity of pyrolysis products of polytetrafluoroethylene heated below 500 degrees centigrade. [10] Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2003. Facebook Twitter Amazon Youtube Instagram Pinterest RSS Sign Up! Many of the thermal degradation products are unmatched in their environmental persistence. [17] Daniels, Mary. Posted by 2 months ago. The sofa was treated with a fabric protector called STAINSAFE. Assoc., Annual Meeting, May 1955. March 26, 1995. As an exotic bird buisiness owner, Bob Stewart knew of the dangers of Teflon, and he has never brought an item into his house that he knew was Teflon coated, but, he said, “there was no warning on the paperwork (that their oven had Teflon coating).” (Temperature and time of death was learned in a private communication with Bob Stewart.)