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Is it safe to use scratched nonstick pans?

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Scratched pans coated with nonstick materials are safe to use. Nonstick pan coatings like Teflon and Silverstone are fluorocarbon (plastic) resins that are sprayed on the surface and then heat-treated at 700-800 degrees F. DuPont recommends the following formula for cleaning stained Teflon and Silverstone cookware: 1 cup water 1 Tablespoon liquid bleach 1 Tablespoon vinegar Use this procedure with adequate ventilation. Put this mixture into stained pan and boil for five minutes. Rinse pan thoroughly and repeat with fresh mixture if necessary. Wash with warm sudsy water. PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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