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Microwave Popcorn Bags Equal Teflon Cookware for Parrots

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The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran

Pop, pop, pop. Doesn’t your mouth water, just thinking about the aroma of freshly cooked popcorn drifting throughout the house? How can something that smells so yummy, be bad for us? Many who house parrots, Finches and other birds indoors, hopefully already know about the dangers of cooking with Teflon coated pans or using the self-cleaning feature on your oven. This article will explain how the threat of these same chemicals, that can kill a parrot or finch instantly, is now coming from microwave popcorn bags.

Scientists use PFCs as an abbreviation for perfluorinated chemicals. This PFC grouping refers to the group of toxic chemicals that includes PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) and other perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances grouped together and labelled PFAS. Many scientists use the acronyms PFCs and PFASs interchangeably, while the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency, US) is moving towards using PFASs to collectively describe PFOA, PFOS and other chemicals in this group.

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