Non-stick coatings are completely safe. The emotional wave caused by inaccurate news reported by some media almost caused non-stick coatings to be seen in bad light. These reports are not scientifically reliable. For the sake of clarity and in order to protect the quality and safety of products with non-stick coatings, the main Italian manufacturers of cookware containing non-stick coatings gave turned to science for an authoritative and definitive opinion.
PFOA is a component that in the past was used as an additive of aqueous dispersions of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), in quantities of few parts per million (p.p.m).
Recently there has been a lot of media attention around the relationship between PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) and non-stick coatings. Guardini’s non-stick coatings DO NOT contain PFOA.
PFOA is no longer used in the production cycles of the raw materials for the production of non-stick coatings. This compound is not present in non-stick pans and baking moulds, and has been eliminated by manufacturers of fluoropolymers as of 2010, five years ahead of the goal providing for its total removal from production cycles.
Non-stick coatings contain PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene). This polymer is currently the substance that provides cooking tools with the best non-stick performance. PTFE “polytetrafluoroethylene” is a fluoropolymer made up of molecules that contain carbon and fluorine. The non-stick coating is not attacked by acidic compounds and alkaline bases and is very stable when heated. Health authorities in the United States, Canada, France, Europe and other countries have approved the use of PTFE non-stick coating for use in utensils intended to come into contact with food. It is an inert substance that does not chemically react with food, water, or cleaning agents. If ingested, it is totally harmless to the body. It is also widely used in the medical field. In fact, the polymer that forms the non-stick coating is so safe that is also used in surgery to coat pacemakers and also in thoracic surgery.
Bisphenol A (called BPA) has been the subject to studies and analysis by the European Community, which has banned its use from 2013 in childcare products and toys. It has been proved that, at very high doses, if assimilated, this element may be harmful for those who are in contact with it.
Independently of the decisions of the European Community, France has banned the presence of BPA in all MOCA products (materials and articles intended to come into contact with food), from January of 2015.
BPA was one of the elements present in Low Cure non-stick coatings, which are made of epoxy resin. The Guardini company, following the example and the demands of the French market, has decided to replace BPA in the formulation of these coatings, eliminating it for good from all Low Cure materials, although it was present in small quantities, so that this element is no longer present in any of its products. Guardini has thus created a specific “BPA FREE” formulation of coatings.
This replacement element has also led to a great improvement in the quality of non-stick coatings because:
- It creates a barrier between the substrate of the baking mould and the coating, thus improving food contact and avoiding any kind of limitation in foods used during cooking.
- The non-stick properties are better and deliver higher performance.
It is very rare for the non-stick coating to wear off under normal household use. An appropriate and careful use ensures high performance for a long time. In most cases, coatings are damaged by overheating, scratches or cleaning with abrasive material.
The use of a scratched baking mould poses no risk to consumers’ health. However, it should be replaced because it can develop rust after washing.
The experts who evaluated health and environmental safety for cookware with non-stick coatings are:
Prof. FRANCO BATTAGLIA, Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry, University of Modena
Prof. GIANNI FOCHI, Lecturer in Chemistry, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
To properly use our baking moulds, make sure you:
- Wash and dry the mould before using it for the first time
- Lightly grease its inner surface with oil, butter or margarine before baking
- Do not exceed the cooking temperature indicated on the label
- Allow your cake to cool down a little before removing it from the mould
- Do not use sharp objects or others metal tools that could damage the baking pan surface
- Wash your mould preferably by hand and avoid using steel wool, scouring pads or other abrasive products.
- The item is suitable to all types of washing, however to ensure a longer life of the product we do not recommend to wash it in the dishwasher.
- Dry the mould carefully after each washing
- Use only in traditional ovens (no microwave).
- Avoid direct contact with flames
If you accidentally swallow particles of non-stick coatings you are in no danger. These particles are harmless, inert and non-toxic. If ingested, they are directly eliminated by the body without being absorbed. The FDA has stated that the ingestion of non-stick coating particles does not cause any damage to health.
Non-stick coatings make it possible to cook with less fat, to the benefit of health; moreover they ensure an easy demoulding of cakes and quick cleaning after use.