Are Instant Pots safe to use in homes with parrots? A volunteer wrote the company to find out

From Michelle Underhill

Instant Pots have become very popular. While most meals made in them aren’t really “instant,” they do save time!

Do Instant Pots include PTFE? Thankfully, no!

Parrot near an Instant Pot

Instant Pot reports that they are PTFE-free! As with any appliance, do not allow parrots near them when in use.

It is widely known that polytetrafluoroethylene is not only hazardous to birds, but deadly. With polytetrafluoroethylene (a.k.a. non-stick coating, or PTFE) being found on many cooking and other products, including pots, pans, toaster ovens, humidifiers, light bulbs, and even in stain guard on carpet, furniture, and more, I was curious as to whether it might be included in Instant Pots.

I wrote the company to find out. I heard back from them very quickly! I am happy to learn that Instant Pots do not include PTFE on them anywhere. And, I have since successfully made several meals in an Instant Pot with my five parrots safely in an adjoining room.

The next step may be identifying time-saving recipes we can make to feed healthy foods to our parrots using the Instant Pot.

Read the full letter from Instant Pot

I have included the full text of the email I received from Instant Pot, in case you are interested in learning more about the components out of which they are made.

My favorite line in the letter, of course, is “We respect parrot safety, too!”

Hello Michelle,

That’s a great question, thank you for contacting us.

Instant Pot’s number one focus is consumer safety, and we aspire to inspire the highest level of consumer confidence with the Instant Pot product line. We respect parrot safety, too!

The inner pot and inside portion of the lid is comprised of 18/8, food grade 304 stainless steel, compliant to FDA standards. There is a washable, non-toxic wax-compound polish on the inner pot, for sparkle. The material of the base of the inner pot has 3 layers: 304 stainless steel, aluminum, 304 stainless steel. The inner pot is made of what’s called “austenitic” steel, which is not magnetic, as opposed to magnetic stainless steel which is called “ferritic”. This is fairly typical in stainless steel kitchen appliances.

The float valve and the exhaust valve are made from aluminum. These parts have passed FDA food standard tests, and do not come into contact with food.

The inner side of the cooker base is made from a type 201 stainless steel. This metal is highly rust resistant, though not rust-proof.

The heat resistant paint on the cooker base is made of epoxy resin, and alkyd resin/polyester resin. This paint is resistant to heat, but not general wear and tear.

The heating element is also coated with a chemical compound that has been tested for high heat processes. The coating is 2011/65/EU compliant.

  • It contains 415 mg/kg of lead which is below the max 1000 mg/kg specified in 2011/65/EU.
  • It contains 3 mg/kg of cadmium which is below max 100 mg/kg specified in 2011/65/EU.
  • Mercury is not found in the material.
  • It does not contain Cr(VI)

There is no Teflon used in the making of the Instant Pot.

The plastics are all BPA-free.

If you should have any further questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out again.

Kind regards,

Amy C.
Instant Pot Technician
Instant Pot Company,

18 thoughts on “Are Instant Pots safe to use in homes with parrots? A volunteer wrote the company to find out

  1. Thank you for this information. Do you know anything about the cooking bags, such as Reynolds brand? I use them at thanksgiving for the turkey. Also those mats that firt in the bottom of the oven to catch spills?


    • I have not researched this myself but I have been told to never ever use them. My Avian vet states she knows of several families that have lost beloved birds after using them as they release some chemical into the air when heated. Also no microwave popcorn or non stick foil! again, I do not know this first hand but have never used these products out of fear of the end result.


    • I have no first hand experience but was told my Avian vet to never ever use them. She knows of several cases of families losing their beloved birds due to the cooking bags as well as microwave popcorn and non stick foil. Again, I have no experience first hand bc I don’t use them out of fear for my babies. I was told they all release deadly fumes when heated.


    • One woman posted the pictures on a Facebook site dedicated to parrots, of several of her pet birds (which I think she could have spared us all- it didn’t seem appropriate), after she had used those type cooking bags.


    • Cooking bags will kill your birds. Use a clean brown grocery bag instead. Coat the inside with butter, slide the turkey in, put in roasting pan. Tuck the open end of bag in


    • No cooking bags should be used and no oven liners. I remember a few years ago a woman posted a picture of all her dead birds – she had used an oven liner.


  2. That’s great! But I’m a little concerned about the lead and cadmium coating the heating element. It may be compliant with that standard, but that doesn’t mean it’s not harmful to birds, especially heated. I would like more information about that before considering it safe to use around birds.


  3. I was wondering if anyone has research the cadmium levels and lead levels parrots are safe around. Remember the levels I think are for humans that were posted. I just found out about the seal ROHS Compliant that can be found on led bulbs and other electrical things. Not sure if kitchen appliances can have this seal. Another thing to research. After owning parrots for 29 yrs its frustrating to still be weary about almost everything.



  4. My daughter has a PTFE allergy so before purchasing any pan or appliance we do extensive research. If the Instapot is actually Teflon free, I would like to try one.


  5. If using these cooking bags is harmful to or kills birds, how can they be safe for humans? I am so grateful I don’t use those things.


  6. I use microwave popcorn and have for years. I was horrified to see on here that I should not have been–although I came here to learn about the Instant Pot. Thank you so much for the warnings!


  7. Parrot owners everywhere reference this post and I am so grateful to be one of them. Thank you thank you for taking the time to post this. That said, do you know if this is still relevant? I plan to contact them this week and am wondering what are the specifics I should be asking. I just got an Instant Pot Duo and really want this to still be true.

    Again, thank you


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