Subject: Important Avian Health
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 17:15:43 -0500
From: Anne Morgan <email@example.com>
To Whom It May Concern:
I am e-mailing on behalf of Environmental Working Group (EWG) regarding avian health. We are currently working on an issue known as PTFE Toxicosis or Teflon Toxicity (in humans it is called Polymer Fume Fever). Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is the synthetic polymer (CF2CF2) used in most nonstick cookware including such recognizable brand names as Teflon, Silverstone, Calphalon, All-Clad, Circulon, Emerilware, Farberware, Meyer, KitchenAid, Krups, and George Foreman as well as stain repellant products such as StainMaster and Scotchgard.
When heated to high temperatures PTFE undergoes a process known as pyrolysis and releases a toxic gas. This gas has very serious effects on the sensitive respiratory system of birds. Bird deaths have also occurred from exposure to furniture coated with stain repellant.
According to a recent survey conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturers' Associations (APPMA), 6.9 million households own a total of 19 million birds. Far too few of these households are aware of the potential for accidentally poisoning their beloved pet birds and many otherwise preventable deaths have resulted.
The relative obscurity of this danger is our motivation for contacting you. We are in the process of collecting as many stories of PTFE-related (Teflon, Scotchgard, etc.) bird deaths as possible. I am hoping for your cooperation in this process. Would you be interested in prominently posting a request to the public on your website asking for people who have had any experience with a PTFE-related bird death to contact me at EWG? Please feel free to cut and paste from this email or to re-word anything I've said so that it better suits your website.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. My contact information is below.
Environmental Working Group
1436 U Street NW Suite 100
Washington, DC 20009