What's Cooking? Nonstick Pan Study 2020

Undisclosed PFAS coatings are common on cookware

What’s worse than how the sausage gets made? How the pan gets made. New testing from the Ecology Center found that despite growing concern about the toxicity of “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, most nonstick cooking pans and some baking pans are coated with PTFE, a fluoropolymer made from PFAS (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances). PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) is best known by the brand name Teflon™ and goes by several other brand names as well. 

We tested 14 nonstick cooking pans and 10 nonstick baking pans to identify their coatings. We found the following:

  • 79% of the cooking pans were PTFE-coated.
  • 20% of the baking pans were PTFE-coated.
  • In some cases, product claims on the packaging could lead buyers to purchase PFAS-coated pans when they think they’re buying an alternative.
  • Some of the alternatives may also be hazardous. Surprisingly, we found undisclosed BPA-based coatings on two of the baking pans and one of the cooking pans.
  • Safer, more durable alternatives are readily available and provide good cooking performance. The Ecology Center suggests opting for uncoated pans made from cast iron or stainless steel or, for baking, glass or ceramic.

The full report is here and the complete list of pans and test results is below.

  Product Name Chemicals Detected
Distributor
Macy's
Brand
Anolon Advanced Home
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
analon idigo Anolon Advanced Home Hard Anodized Non-stick Indigo, 8.5 in French Skillet PTFE fluoropolymer
Brand
Calphalon
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
Calphalon Calphalon Hard-Anodized Nonstick 12 in. Fry Pan PTFE fluoropolymer
Brand
Circulon
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
circulon baking loaf pan Circulon Bakeware Loaf Pan 9x5in Silicone, PET
Distributor
Target
Brand
Circulon
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
circulon Circulon Infinite 8" French Skillet PTFE fluoropolymer
Brand
Cooking Concepts
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
61DzjyENc-L SX466 Cooking Concepts Cake Pan BPA-based epoxy
Brand
Cooking Concepts
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
s-l640 Cooking Concepts Pizza Pan BPA-based epoxy
Brand
Cuisinart
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
Cuisinart Cuisinart Classic Stainless Steel 8 in. Non-Stick Skillet PTFE fluoropolymer
Brand
Cuisinart
Test Method(s)
XRF|FTIR Polymers
Screen Shot 2020-10-27 at 2 08 00 PM Cuisinart Green Gourmet Induction 8" Skillet Silicon dioxide
Brand
Evolution
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
12152201 Evolution Non-stick Fry Pan Set BPA-based epoxy
Brand
Family Chef
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
Screen Shot 2020-10-27 at 2 21 19 PM Family Chef 10 Inch Fry Pan Non-Stick PTFE fluoropolymer
Distributor
Family Dollar
Brand
Family Chef
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
family chef pizza 0 Family Chef 12 Inch Pizza Pan Silicone, PET
Distributor
Target
Brand
Farberware
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
faberware Farberware Reliance Aluminum Nonstick 8 in. Skillet PTFE fluoropolymer
Brand
G&S Metal Products Company
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
G S muffin tin G&S ProBake Nonstick 12-Cup Muffin Pan Polyethersulfone, PTFE fluoropolymer
Brand
Goodful
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
Fry-Pan-1 Goodful Titanium Ceramic Non-Stick Fry Pan Silicon dioxide
Distributor
Wholesale Merchandisers LLC
Brand
Grand Gourmet
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
brownie pan Grand Gourmet Brownie Pan 11 in. x 7 in. Silicone, PET
Brand
Granitestone Diamond
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
granitestone retailer image Granitestone Diamond Nonstick Aluminum 10 in. Fry Pan PTFE fluoropolymer
Brand
Made By Design
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
GUEST 117fa9b6-322f-4a4e-bea1-480ee537445e Made By Design Non-Stick 12" x 17" Baking Sheet Silicone, PET
Brand
Mirro
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
Mirro fry pan Mirro Get a Grip Pro 10 in. Fry Pan Polyethersulfone, PTFE fluoropolymer
Distributor
MOKIKA
Brand
Sunkitch
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
189847 MOKIKA sunkitch package MOKIKA Sunkitch Hotsun Fry Pan 20 cm PTFE fluoropolymer
Brand
Ozeri
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
Screen Shot 2020-10-27 at 2 11 16 PM Ozeri 8-Inch Stone Earth Frying Pan PTFE fluoropolymer
Brand
Sunbeam
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
sunbeam cookie sheet Sunbeam Large Cookie Sheet Silicone, PET
Brand
T-fal
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
t-fal T-fal Initiatives 8 in. Fry Pan PTFE fluoropolymer
Distributor
True Living
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
true living cake True Living 9 in. Round Cake Pan DuraGlide PLUS Non-Stick Finish Polyethersulfone, PTFE fluoropolymer
Brand
Wilton
Test Method(s)
FTIR Polymers
wilton perfect Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Bakeware Small Cookie Pan Silicone, PET