Goop: What We Need to Know About PFOAs

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The toxic saga of chemical contamination related to Teflon and other highly fluorinated chemicals is a long and dark one—it’s most recently captured in Nathaniel Rich’s story, “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” for the New York Times Magazine. The chemicals in question (more generally referred to as highly fluorinated chemicals) were originally developed as a powerful waterproofing and anti-stick agent, used to waterproof rain jackets, make frying pans non-stick, improve the texture of beauty products, and even to keep grease from leaking out of food packaging—in short, they’re prevalent in practically every American home.