Cooking up a heart health hazard

The chemical, perfluoro­octanoic acid (PFOA), is found in non-stick surfaces as well as in coated food packaging, lubricants, polishes, carpets and other household products.

The study of more than 1200 people found those with the greatest levels of PFOA in the blood had double the risk of CV or peripheral artery disease compared to those with the lowest levels, independent of other risk factors.

But Australian experts urged caution. Associate Professor Michael Moore, chair of Water Quality Research Australia, said evidence of association could not infer