lovesjohnmayer wrote:do not buy nonstick teflon pans, they are going to be banned by 2015 by the US Government.
You're seriously linking to a site called WhoCanISue.com?
In any case, keep in mind that:
1. Teflon is still considered safe, even by the EPA, etc, in cookware when used properly (which basically just means not overheating it, and tossing it if it starts to flake off over time).
2. Nonstick doesn't always equal Teflon. You might have noticed a lot of cookware in the last couple of years starting to say PFOA-free nonstick. Those don't contain the chemical in question (but in some cases also don't perform as well).
The coatings on these particular pans do appear somewhat likely to have been manufactured with PFOA, but that mostly means don't leave a frying pan unattended on the stove because you'll ruin the coating and possibly release potentially harmful vapors if you overheat them (in addition to the typical filling your kitchen with smoke, setting off smoke detectors, and perhaps starting a fire (not to mention ruining your breakfast), that could occur with any pan).
Edit: Statement from the EPA:
"Are there steps that consumers can take to reduce their exposure to PFOA?
Consumer products made with perfluorochemicals include some non-stick cookware and products such as breathable, all-weather clothing. They are also employed in hundreds of other uses in almost all industry segments, including the aerospace, automotive, building/construction, chemical processing, electrical and electronics, semiconductor, and textile industries. Telomers are used as surfactants and as surface treatment chemicals in many products, including fire fighting foams; personal care and cleaning products; and oil, stain, grease, and water repellent coatings on carpet, textiles, leather, and paper. Consumer products made with fluoropolymers and fluorinated telomers, such as Teflon and other trademark products, are not PFOA. PFOA is used as a processing aid in the manufacture of fluoropolymers and can be also be produced by the breakdown of some fluorinated telomers. The information that EPA has available does not indicate that the routine use of consumer products poses a concern. At present, there are no steps that EPA recommends that consumers take to reduce exposures to PFOA."