On August 26, 2021 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had found PFAS “forever chemicals” in some processed foods.
PFAS chemicals have among the strongest bonds in chemistry and at the present time there is no ‘death’ of these chemicals, meaning they do not break down over time, but appear they will live on “forever”. PFAS chemicals are not regulated by the U.S. government so it is up to individual states to determine and regulate PFAS chemicals to protect their residents. Many states are not addressing the PFAS problem, but some are. Here are some state laws being proposed or enacted to help protect state residents by at least minimizing exposure to the dangers of PFAS.
Today’s program will offer a quick and dirty overview of everything you need to know about PFAS…what it is, why we should care about its potential impact to humans, animals and the general environment, where it is hiding, and how you can help minimize exposure to it.
The results of a new study reveal that toxic chemicals known as PFAS have been found in all 50 samples of breast milk tested–at levels nearly 2,000 times what is considered safe in drinking water.
General Mills, the corporate parent of Annie’s Homegrown, announced last week that it will begin eliminating phthalate chemicals from Annie’s packaging and food processing equipment, about four years after the chemical was identified in popular macaroni and cheese products.
New York has now banned the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS) in food packaging.
The results of new scientific lab testing reveal that high levels of microplastic particles are released from baby bottles during formula preparation. That means that infants may ingest unwanted microplastics along with their formula.
New study finds no observable effects of the phthalate-replacement chemical DINCH on reproductive hormones.
The results of a new study revealed concentrations of atrazine (an herbicide), DEP (an endocrine disrupting chemical from the phthalate family found in our plastics), NPE ( a chemical commonly used in processed food packaging) and endocrine-disrupting triclosan* (an antibacterial/antifungal chemical used as a pesticide and found in consumer products such as toothpaste, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, some versions of soaps including dish-washing liquids and laundry detergents, hand creams and toys) in the bodies of stranded whales and dolphins.
Perchlorate, a chemical compound used in rocket fuels, fireworks, fertilizers, food packaging and many other industrial materials, seeps into groundwater–the very source of our drinking water. Now scientists have discovered perchlorate presents far more of a threat to our thyroids than previously believed. Unfortunately, the U.S. government has just decided not to regulate the amount of this toxic chemical in our drinking water.