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Are Mirro Wearever Cookware Teflon Fumes poisonous to pet birds?

February 1, 2010

I recently got a set of red Wearever cookware for Christmas, and it has wonderful lids that are also strainers. But, recently, my tiny finches that are about 25 feet from the kitchen became very ill. When I took one to the vet, he asked me if I used teflon cookware and if the birds were relatively close to the kitchen? I said I did, and that the birds were about 25 feet away in an open room adjoining the kitchen. My little bird Elmo, died that night, followed by 3 others. I checked the Wearever cooking manual of care instructions, but could not find anything that said that the pans were teflon coated. As of the writing of this question, I have lost a total of four 5-month old birds. I am not saying anything about the quality of the cookware, but that telling people about the effects of the fumes when the pans are heated would be most helpful. I feel that pets are like your children, and when one dies mysteriously, and then another and then another, you start to second guess your care. I am heartbroken to find out that the fumes from a teflon pan can cause illness and possibly death to my precious pets.
Lady Di
Rockport, Texas

Dianne or "Lady Di" 62 years young Hammond
cook - Rockport, Texas, United States

February 2, 2010

A. Hi, Lady Di, sorry for your loss. We have several threads here on that subject including:
12601, and
-- but it is up to veterinarians, not metal finishers, to decide if Teflon is dangerous to birds.

Can you find out as a starting point whether this cookware is in fact teflon coated for sure? Mirro Wearever is a trade name covering a half dozen different lines of cookware from glass, to stainless steel, to aluminum, etc., And to blame the disease on teflon if the cookware is some other material wouldn't make much sense :-)
Good luck.


Ted Mooney,
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha - Pine Beach, New Jersey

! On Netflix watch "The Devil We Know", documentary about Teflon made by DuPont, and other chemicals made by 3M ... if it killed your birds, what is it doing to you?

M Lopez
Golf course - Fair Oaks, California USA
January 20, 2019

A. Hi "M". Thanks! We don't censor anyone's opinion, and we're happy to post yours -- but we do want people's full real names so we can factually state that we are printing actual people's opinions, not fabricating "lightning rod" comments with fictitious names :-(


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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Striving to live Aloha - Pine Beach, New Jersey
January 2019

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