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Consumers Foundation of Taiwan demands compensation from DuPont on Teflon.
The China Post. January 1, 2006.


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January 1, 2006

The China Post

CF demands compensation from DuPont on Teflon

The China Post staff

Taiwan's private consumer watchdog yesterday demanded DuPont, one of world's leading chemical companies, offer local consumers compensation similar to the sum it had recently agreed to pay to settle a lawsuit in the United States concerning the danger of Teflon, widely used in kitchen utensils.

Accusing DuPont of lying about the toxic levels of Teflon, the Consumer Foundation (CF) demanded that all Teflon utensils be removed from Taiwan's store shelves.

But DuPont said the foundation was misleading Taiwan's consumers and it threatened to take legal action against the private watchdog.

Without admitting any guilt or liability, DuPont last month agreed to pay US$16.5 million, including a US$10.25 million civil fine, to settle a case in the U.S. alleging eight violations of U.S. laws that require companies to report the toxic dangers of chemicals they manufacture.

The foundation said DuPont claims that Teflon utensils are safe to use it they are kept under 350 degrees Celsius.

The foundation, citing studies conducted by itself and other experts, claimed that it takes less than 200 degrees Celsius for Teflon utensils to release toxic chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

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