Last month we reported on the FDA study results showing that of the nearly 100 food types the FDA tested, the vast majority of raw food in the U.S. is free of PFAS chemical contamination. On August 26, 2021 however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had found PFAS “forever chemicals” in some processed foods, including several baby foods. The results showed that 164 of the 167 foods tested had no detectable levels of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) measured–which is surprising since we know that a number of commercially processed food manufacturers still use packaging that contains PFAS which can migrate or leach into the food.
Among the processed foods testing positive for PFAS contamination* fish sticks, tuna, and protein powder had three specific PFAS chemicals: perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), and perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) ranging from 33 parts per trillion, or ppt, to 140 ppt.
The FDA still has not set a limit of how much of any type of PFAS chemicals can safely be consumed.
* The findings are consistent with previous studies revealing that certain PFAS chemicals are present in rainbow trout from contaminated waters, according to the FDA study that accompanies the agency’s announcement.
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