Teflon Safety Warning

A chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon and other stain-resistant and non-stick products should be considered a "likely" carcinogen.

That's the assessment of an independent scientific review panel advising the Environmental Protection Agency.

The recommendation goes beyond the EPA's own determination that there was only "suggestive evidence" from animal studies that the chemical is a potential human carcinogen.

Officials with DuPont, the only North American producer of the chemical, disagreed with the panel's conclusions. They say the company is confident the chemical does not pose a cancer risk to the general public.