The Cookware and Bakeware Alliance (CBA) has released the first of a series of educational downloads focusing on PFAS education; as well as the latest edition of the CBA Engineering Standards for Cookware.
Several states have pending legislation regulating PFAS chemicals (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) used to make thousands of products, including certain non-stick coated cookware and bakeware and a wide range of additional housewares products, according to CBA.
CBA supports the responsible manufacturing and safe uses of PTFE and other fluoropolymers, and a science-based approach to regulations that benefit human health and the environment, said Fran Groesbeck, CBA managing director. CBA supports labeling provisions to alert consumers to the presence of PFAS based on current science and considers it unnecessary to prohibit sales and eliminate consumer choice, Groesbeck said.
To download PFAS Education Part 1: Cookware, PFAS, and PTFE, visit https://cookwareandbakeware.org/good-science/. Resources include a video series and links to help in research around the concerns with the use of PFAS.
“Many times, only part of the answer is shared, or one viewpoint,” Groesbeck said. “ We wanted to make information more easily accessible to help provide resources and access to more information on important topics. We now bring all of this information to our website to share and promote good science.”
The latest edition of the CBA Engineering Standards includes a new chapter exclusively devoted to cast iron finishes. First established in 1922, the CBA Engineering Standards are the result of voluntary collaboration among member companies in the U.S. and Canada. The CBA standards are continually updated to reflect changes in materials and technology, and they exist to promote the welfare of the cookware and bakeware industry and to improve its service to the public, according to Fran Groesbeck, CBA managing director.
“The Engineering Standards manual is the most important benefit and tool of the Alliance. This book stands for the members’ dedication to building products with consumer safety at the forefront of all we do. These Standards are the benchmark by which all cookware and bakeware should be manufactured.” Groesbeck said.
The latest version of the CBA Engineering Standards for Cookware and Bakeware may be purchased at
https://cookwareandbakeware.org/engineering-standards/. CBA member companies receive print and electronic updated versions for free as part of their membership benefits package.
The CBA Standards of Excellence seal program is a members-only benefit who have tested and passed the CBA Engineering Standards test protocols for a specific product. The CBA is accepting new members who have a long-term, primary commitment to the cookware and bakeware industry and have a financial, operational, and marketing presence in North America.