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SCIENTIST: On the food ingredients list it does not contain popcorn, butter and fluorotelomers.
An independent scientific review board for the EPA found perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, which can be extracted from the chemical fluorotelomers, does cause cancer in animals and is likely to be carcinogenic to humans.
GUPTA: FDA scientists say popcorn is still safe and there's no concern, especially in the small amounts of fluorotelomers that generally show up.
PFOA has been used to make fluoropolymers including Teflon coatings, rain gear and wiring insulation, and fluorotelomers, such as firefighting foams and grease repellants added to popcorn bags, food wrappers, clothing, leather, upholstery and carpets.
Under the terms of an agreement it signed in 2005, DuPont was required to comprehensively test another group of its chemicals, fluorotelomers, to see if PFOA is produced as a byproduct of the chemicals 'manufacture or decomposition.