Lawsuit filed against DuPont for Teflon health hazard

Lawsuit filed against DuPont for Teflon health hazard

[JURIST] A lawsuit was filed Tuesday against US chemical company DuPont [corporate website] by two law firms in Florida representing 14 people who say that the company did not sufficiently warn the public about the health hazards associated with its product, the non-stick coating Teflon. Teflon contains the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) [EPA risk assessment], which many scientists consider likely to contain carcinogenic agents. The plaintiffs want DuPont to spend $5 billion to replace cookware currently on the market and to issue health warnings to consumers. DuPont stated that, "Cookware coated with DuPont Teflon non-stick coatings does not contain PFOA," and vowed to "vigorously defend itself against the allegations raised in this lawsuit" [press release]. DuPont previously settled a class action lawsuit [JURIST report] in West Virginia for $340 million, but refused to accept any liability. BBC News has more.