How safe is food in the vicinity after a Teflon fire?
December 26, 2012 9:48 PM Subscribe
When you burn a Teflon pan, is it safe to eat the food in the kitchen? Should I reconsider Teflon all together?
posted by kettleoffish to Food & Drink (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I remember reading somewhere that Scotch Brite and Teflon have a similar ingredient and that the former is not too healthy. A web search turns up a lot of information on why not to burn your Teflon etc.
Now I'm really wondering... my wok is totally charred (brown) and the steamer above it is brown/black (it is bamboo) and my kitchen just smells... like burned but not a clean wood smell, almost biological.
Ok, my questions- would food exposed to the fumes be ok to eat? (On counter, near stove...). Potatoes/cereal... Could I give it to my young niece (2?) or should I toss it and buy new stuff?
How safe is Teflon anyway?
Finally can a kitchen fire cause the ahem GI symptoms I have been having? I usually never get sick so am just curious on the off chance it's related.