A former Dupont chemical engineer, Glenn Evers, claims that the company hid results of risk studies on the chemical Zonyl. Evers claims Dupont
suppressed the studies because they show the chemical breaks down in the body into very toxic acids and salts.
WASHINGTON - DuPont Co. hid studies showing the risks of a Teflon-related chemical used to line candy wrappers, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags
and hundreds of other food containers, according to internal company documents and a former employee.
The chemical Zonyl can rub off the liner and get into food. Once in a person's body, it can break down into perfluorooctanoic acid and its salts,
known as PFOA, a related chemical used in the making of Teflon-coated cookware.
The Environmental Protection Agency has been trying to decide whether to classify PFOA as a "likely" human carcinogen.
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One must wonder if Dupont knowingly exposed millions, maybe billions of people to this potential carcinogen, PFOA. Reading on I see that the FDA has
approved the use of Zonyl since way back in the 1970's.
Evidently the Zonyl migrates into the food packaged in it fairly easily. Once in the body the studies claim Zonyl breaks down into perfluorooctanoic
acid and its salts which are potential carcinogens.
How in the world does the FDA not get these risk studies? Why in the world would Dupont's employees, managers and executives allow this to happen
knowing full well their own children
and family members would be consuming this stuff as well?!
Is this simply a disgruntled former employee trying to cause trouble for the company he feels ran him off unjustly or another example of just how
utterly STUPID people can be?
One thing for sure is Evers has been nailing Dupont to the wall the past couple years. He testified in one case that cost the company
>$100,000,000.00. That's alot of money even for Dupont.
This is a tough one to call at this point. Until we get a definitive answer on whether or not this stuff is a carcinogen, whether or not Dupont really
did suppress negative findings (that one seems pretty apparent at this point) and the FDA was so incompetant as to allow this product on the market in
the HUGE scale it is we really won't know if there is a conspiracy of greed here or not.
It's frightening to think that people would endanger themselves and their own families just to make a few billion dollars.
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[edit on 11-17-2005 by Springer]