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Tip: Choosing safe cookware

There is nothing like a home cooked meal made from scratch.  Make sure the care you take to create a delicious, healthy meal isn’t undermined by harmful chemicals leaching from your cookware. 

Tip: Use stainless steel, glass or cast iron cookware. Cast iron cookware is non-stick if properly seasoned. Avoid cookware with non-stick chemical coatings.  Discard non-stick cookware that is scratched and never heat when empty or under a broiler.

Non-stick cookware tends to contain perfluorochemicals (PFCs). In 2015, 200 experts issued a consensus statement which raised concerns about PFCs and their replacement chemicals.  Known as the Madrid statement, experts recommended PFCs should only be used for essential purposes given their known health and environmental hazards.