What's Cooking 2021 Update

Still Cooking: An Update on Toxic PFAS in Cookware Products

Following the release of our 2020 report, “What’s Cooking? PFAS and Other Chemical Hazards in Nonstick Cooking and Baking Pans,” many people asked about the nonstick GreenPan, a favorite of celebrity chef Bobby Flay and of many home cooks. To answer their questions, the Ecology Center’s Healthy Stuff Lab tested the coatings of four pans made by: Bella Basics, GreenPan, Scanpan, and Zwilling. All four pans carried claims such as PFOA-free and PFAS-free.

We found two pans, Scanpan and Zwilling brands, were coated with PTFE, even though they both claimed to be PFOA-free. Our testing results from GreenPan and Bella Basics, however, were consistent with the products’ marketing claims of PFAS- and PTFE-free, respectively. Both the GreenPan and the Bella Basics pans were coated with a silicon dioxide-based ceramic.

In both 2020 and 2021 we found some product claims to be misleading; possibly causing consumers to purchase a PFAS-coated pan when they think they’re buying an alternative. 

Whats Cooking Healthy Stuff Recommendations for Non-Toxic Cookware

 

Test Results

Products Tested & Results

  Product Name Chemicals Detected
Distributor
Sensio Inc.
Brand
Bella Basics
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
UPC
829486147029
Bella Basics nonstick pan Bella Basics Copper Titanium 11" Fry Pan Ceramic Nonstick Silicon dioxide
Distributor
The Cookware Company (USA), LLC
Brand
GreenPan
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
UPC
885837025040
Greenpan nonstick pan 2 GreenPan Dover Ceramic Nonstick 8" Frypan Silicon dioxide
Brand
Scanpan USA
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
UPC
83421450203
Scanpan nonstick pan 1 Scanpan Classic 8" Fry Pan PTFE fluoropolymer
Distributor
Zwilling J.A. Henckels
Brand
Zwilling
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
UPC
35886361518
Zwiling Nonstick pan Zwiling Madura Plus 8" Non-Stick Aluminum Fry Pan PTFE fluoropolymer