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DuPont sued multiple times as court-backed science panel finds chemical C8 used in Teflon is linked to cancer

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by: Lance Johnson
Tags: DuPont, C8 Teflon, carcinogenic chemicals

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(NaturalNews) Back in April 2013, DuPont was sued in a wrongful death case when a court-appointed science panel linked DuPont's C8 (perfluorooctanoic acid) to kidney cancer, thyroid disease and testicular cancer, to name a few adverse effects.

2001 lawsuit advances forward

Dupont's C8 chemical, the key ingredient in their Teflon brand, is primarily used as a synthetic coating in cookware. Back in 2001, the C8 chemical was found in Ohio and West Virginia residents' drinking water near DuPont's Parkersburg, West Virginia, plant on the Ohio border. Back then, 80,000 area residents filed a class action lawsuit against DuPont for contaminating their water sources with C8 and ravaging their health. DuPont settled to pay $343 million of the residents' medical tests, also promising to remove C8 from the area's water supply. A court-approved science panel was hired to study C8 and its ability to cause disease in humans over the past thirteen years.

The cancer link has been established

Now the verdict is in. A court-appointed science panel has testified that C8 has probable links to various cancers. With the link now made, nearly 50 new cases are rising up against DuPont, including a lawsuit filed by nine injured Ohio and West Virginia residents who were affected by the C8 water poisoning in 2001.

Rob Bilott, the Cincinnati attorney who has been representing the residents since 2001, says, "These are folks who've been waiting many, many years to be able to pursue these claims. Our goal is to be able to get these resolved for them and move forward as quickly as we can."

Now that the cancer link has been made, Dupont is set to face waves of angry lawsuits, as the company is now indebted to make some major changes.

But even with the cancer links, those changes might not come for another two or more years, as the 50 recent lawsuits have been pushed back and scheduled for late 2015. And in the meantime, DuPont themselves are set to continue manufacturing C8 and Teflon coating like there's nothing even wrong.

The accusations against DuPont include concealing information, fraud, deception and battery.
The lawsuits, spanning 50 pages, accuse the company of "negligent, intentional and reckless infliction of emotional distress and outrage," citing research conducted by DuPont themselves in 1961 which reported C8's toxicity, including "higher than normal birth defects among babies born to its female employees."

Teflon is in more than just cookware

Teflon is typically recognized as the non-stick coating on various cookware brands, but what many consumers don't realize is that this carcinogenic non-stick formula has made its way into a host of other consumer goods, including clothing and even eyeglasses.

As if drinking C8 wasn't bad enough, DuPont thinks it's alright for people eat off the chemical or even wear it all day long. Teflon is used as "fabric protector" in select clothing brands and can even be used in bedding, carpet, paint and upholstery. It's so universal as a "fabric protector" that it may as well just be used to cover the entire home, right? Might as well spray the chemical all over the body as a "skin protectant" too, right?

Wrong, C8 and its brother, Teflon, have no benefit, no purpose, anywhere, any time. Cancer-causing chemicals like these should be banned outright and avoided altogether. All manufacturing should be halted immediately, especially with the recent links to cancer.

Sources for this article include:

http://news.msn.com

http://www2.dupont.com

http://www.ohiocitizen.org

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

About the author:
Lance Johnson is a passionate researcher, learner, writer, and healer. Lance and his wife invite you to check out their line of clean and conscious body care products at www.allnaturalfreespirit.com.


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