BEIJING, July 16 (Xinhuanet) --China's State Administration of Quality Supervision and Quarantine announced Wednesday that experts had been asked to determine whether Teflon coating was harmful to human health.
The result was expected to be released in September.
The administration said strict measures would be taken to remove all Teflon-coated cookware from shelves and to stop imports of Teflon coated products if they proved to pose health hazards.
Shi Senglan, secretary general of the China Hardware Association, urged domestic non-stick cookware manufacturers to keep in close contact with the U.S. company, DuPont, for any follow-up.
China produces 80 to 100 million Teflon-coated, non-stick cooking utensils per year.
Sources from DuPont's China branch said that its Teflon products posed no risks to health or the environment. The company said it would file a formal denial of the EPA's allegations within 30 days.