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    Communities like Jackson, Mississippi, have been suffering with water contamination issues for quite some time, especially when it comes to lead found in drinking water. PFAS appear to be the latest contaminant wreaking havoc on our nation's water supply. A revealing investigation conducted by The Guardian revealed widespread water contamination issues in the U.S. that the Environmental Protection Agency has shockingly yet to detect. According to The Guardian, its sampling of water from nine communities saw elevated levels of “forever chemicals” known as PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) not seen in the 537 tests that state and federal agencies typically use. Of the tests conducted in nine cities, the outlet found that seven city samples showed higher PFAS levels when tested using the TOF (total organic fluorine) method, which allows for more “forever chemicals” to be identified. The EPA 537 method focuses on just 14 PFAS, though the agency has updated its standards to 537.1 to account for “more PFAS that have the potential to contaminate drinking water [that] have been identified or introduced as PFOA/PFOS alternatives in manufacturing,” bringing that total up to 30. The TOF method, which detects a marker found...
    (CNN) — Alarming levels of dangerous chemicals known as PFAS were discovered in food packaging at a number of well-known fast-food and fast-casual restaurants and grocery store chains, a new report found. The highest levels of indicators for PFAS were found in food packaging from Nathan’s Famous, Cava, Arby’s, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Stop & Shop and Sweetgreen, according to an investigation released Thursday by Consumer Reports. READ MORE: Sacramento City Unified Strike Possible Ripple Effects: Extra School Days Tacked On At End Of YearOften called “forever chemicals” because they do not break down in the environment, PFAS are used in food packaging to prevent grease and water from soaking through food wrappers and beverage cups. PFAS can also be found in the ink used to print logos and instructions on food containers. The new report comes more than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, when the public has relied heavily on takeout and grocery deliveries. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls exposure to PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) a “public health concern,” citing studies that found the human-made chemicals can harm...
    By Sandee LaMotte | CNN Alarming levels of dangerous chemicals known as PFAS were discovered in food packaging at a number of well-known fast-food and fast-casual restaurants and grocery store chains, a new report found. The highest levels of indicators for PFAS were found in food packaging from Nathan’s Famous, Cava, Arby’s, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Stop & Shop and Sweetgreen, according to an investigation released Thursday by Consumer Reports. Often called “forever chemicals” because they do not break down in the environment, PFAS are used in food packaging to prevent grease and water from soaking through food wrappers and beverage cups. PFAS can also be found in the ink used to print logos and instructions on food containers. The new report comes more than two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, when the public has relied heavily on takeout and grocery deliveries. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls exposure to PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) a “public health concern,” citing studies that found the human-made chemicals can harm the immune system and reduce a person’s resistance to infectious...
    Toxic chemicals known as "forever chemicals" have been found in food packaging used by eight fast-food chains, according to a new study by Consumer Reports. The PFAs commonly found in non-stick pans and waterproof gear are also in food packaging that keep fatty and oily liquids from leaking through, often used by fast-food joints. Exposure to PFAs have been proven to cause a suppressed immune system, lower birth weight and increased risk for some cancers, Consumer Reports says. This is problematic for food chains using the packaging because the chemicals seep into the food and are ingested by consumers, the study shows. The more you eat out, the higher levels of PFAs there are in your body, CR says. The following eight fast-food joints had packaging with PFAs at or above 100 parts per million total organic fluorine, according to the study: Arby's: Paper bag for cookies Burger King: Paper bag for cookies Cava: Fiber tray for kids meal Chick-fil-A: Wrapper for sandwich wrap McDonald's: Paper bag for french fries Nathan's: Paper bag for sides Sweetgreen: Paper bag for...
    Toxic chemicals known as "forever chemicals" have been found in near-illegal levels in food packaging used by eight fast-food chains, according to a new study by Consumer Reports. The PFAs commonly found in non-stick pans and waterproof gear are also in food packaging that keep fatty and oily liquids from leaking through, often used by fast-food joints. Exposure to PFAs have been proven to cause a suppressed immune system, lower birth weight and increased risk for some cancers, Consumer Reports says. This is problematic for food chains using the packaging because the chemicals seep into the food and are ingested by consumers, the study shows. The more you eat out, the higher levels of PFAs there are in your body, CR says. The following eight fast-food joints had packaging with PFAs at or above 100 parts per million total organic fluorine, according to the study: Arby's: Paper bag for cookies Burger King: Paper bag for cookies Cava: Fiber tray for kids meal Chick-fil-A: Wrapper for sandwich wrap McDonald's: Paper bag for french fries Nathan's: Paper bag for sides Sweetgreen:...
    Beef produced at a small Michigan farm was found to contain toxic “forever chemicals” after the cattle were fed crops grown with fertilizer made from contaminated wastewater biosolids, state officials said Friday. A consumption advisory issued by state agencies stopped short of a recall, noting there are no government standards for the substances in beef. But it said buyers should know that meat from Grostic Cattle Co. in Livingston County may contain one of the chemicals known collectively as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. The particular compound in the beef is known as perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, or PFOS. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services “determined that prolonged consumption of the beef from this farm could increase PFOS levels in the human body,” a news release said. High levels of water- and grease-resistant PFAS chemicals, which are used in a host of industrial and consumer products, have been linked to numerous health problems, from liver and thyroid damage to high cholesterol and compromised immune systems. They are known as “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in the...
    WOBURN (CBS) – Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin is addressing concerns about the city’s water after testing in the third quarter of the year showed elevated levels of PFAS chemicals. PFAS, which are common in consumer products and some firefighting foam, have been linked to a series of adverse health conditions, including some cancers. READ MORE: Inflation Reaches Highest Rate In Nearly 40 YearsMany residents got a letter this week – alerting them to slightly elevated levels that were measured in July, August and September. Some residents are questioning why they’re just finding about the levels now. Mayor Galvin says the city has been following state rules to “a T” on how it notifies the public about the water. According to the letter residents received, Woburn’s water testing in the third quarter showed 24 nanograms per liter. That exceeds Massachusetts drinking water standards, which is 20 nanograms per liter. “The message to the residents is that the PFAS is slightly elevated, it’s slightly elevated, and what we’re going to be doing is taking action to get well under the DEP’s regulations...
    It's not just the cholesterol, calories and carbohydrates in fast food that people have to worry about: burgers, pizza and burritos are crawling with toxic 'forever chemicals,' according to a new study. Researchers at George Washington University ordered dozens of items from McDonald's, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Domino's, Taco Bell and Chipotle. According to their analysis, they found phthalates, which are used to make plastic pliable, in over 80 percent of the samples.    Phthalates are also known as plasticizers, and are used in hundreds of products, from vinyl flooring and plastic packaging to soaps and shampoos.  In addition, they have been linked to numerous health problems, including cancer, liver damage, infertility, thyroid disease, asthma and even smaller testicles, as well as learning disabilities, behavioral issues and attention-deficit disorders in children. Scroll down for video Researchers at George Washington University tested menu items from McDonald's, Burger King, Domino's and other fast-food chains for phtalates, so-called 'forever chemicals' used in hundreds of household products People are exposed to phthalates by ingesting foods and beverages that have contacted products containing phthalates or by breathing phthalate...
    High levels of toxic, widely used "forever chemicals" contaminate groundwater around at least six military sites in the Great Lakes region, according to U.S. Department of Defense records that an environmental group released Tuesday. The Environmental Working Group said PFAS, an abbreviation for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, have oozed into the Great Lakes and pose a risk to people who eat fish tainted with the chemicals. Pentagon documents show at least 385 military installations nationwide are polluted with PFAS, mostly from firefighting foam used widely in training exercises, the group said. In this June 7, 2018, file photo, PFAS foam gathers at the the Van Etten Creek dam in Oscoda Township, Mich., near Wurtsmith Air Force Base.  Jake May / AP "If you are relying on well water and are near one of these bases where PFAS has been confirmed in the groundwater, you should be concerned," said Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs. "And you should be doubly concerned if you are near one of the hundreds of bases where PFAS is suspected but not confirmed." ...
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — High levels of toxic, widely used “forever chemicals” contaminate groundwater around at least six military sites in the Great Lakes region, according to U.S. Department of Defense records that an environmental group released Tuesday. The Environmental Working Group said PFAS, an abbreviation for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, have oozed into the Great Lakes and pose a risk to people who eat fish tainted with the chemicals. READ MORE: Man Killed In Prison Was Serving Sentences From UP County Pentagon documents show at least 385 military installations nationwide are polluted with PFAS, mostly from firefighting foam used widely in training exercises, the group said. “If you are relying on well water and are near one of these bases where PFAS has been confirmed in the groundwater, you should be concerned,” said Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs. “And you should be doubly concerned if you are near one of the hundreds of bases where PFAS is suspected but not confirmed.” Asked for comment, a Pentagon spokesman referred to remarks by Richard Kidd, deputy assistant...
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — High levels of toxic, widely used “forever chemicals” contaminate groundwater around at least six military sites in the Great Lakes region, according to U.S. Department of Defense records that an environmental group released Tuesday. The Environmental Working Group said PFAS, an abbreviation for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, have oozed into the Great Lakes and pose a risk to people who eat fish tainted with the chemicals. Pentagon documents show at least 385 military installations nationwide are polluted with PFAS, mostly from firefighting foam used widely in training exercises, the group said. “If you are relying on well water and are near one of these bases where PFAS has been confirmed in the groundwater, you should be concerned,” said Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs. “And you should be doubly concerned if you are near one of the hundreds of bases where PFAS is suspected but not confirmed.” Asked for comment, a Pentagon spokesman referred to remarks by Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of defense for environment and energy resilience, during a July 14...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Potentially toxic chemicals have been found at high levels in popular make-up items, including mascara and lipstick. PFAS are chemicals that have been linked to cancer, hormonal abnormalities and other health conditions and are used in numerous consumer products including non-stick frying pans and food packaging. Now, researchers at the University of Notre Dame have tested more than 200 cosmetics from the U.S. and Canada and found that about half had high levels of fluorine, an indicator of PFAS. Levels were particularly high in liquid lipsticks and waterproof mascaras.  As you can imagine, when applied directly to the skin and near the eyes and mouth, it would be quite easy for these chemicals to enter the bloodstream.  Lawmakers are trying to regulate them but advocates are pleading with companies to voluntarily go PFAS-free.
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said the results of a statewide sampling program does not indicate widespread contamination of drinking water supplies by a class of highly toxic chemicals used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food wrappers. Of more than 400 sites tested across Pennsylvania, about one-third were found to contain one of the chemicals, according to results posted online Thursday by the Department of Environmental Protection. READ MORE: Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Lyris Younge Suspended For 6 Months For Blatant And Inexcusable Conduct The sites with positive tests were located in more than two dozen counties. Two of the results were above the federal government’s health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion for the combined concentrations of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively as PFAS. One result, from a well at an electrical equipment manufacturer by University Park Airport just outside State College, was slightly above the limit. Another result, from a well in Saegertown Borough in Crawford County, was nearly three times the limit. The statewide sampling began in...
    Toxic chemicals were found in 100 percent of breast milk samples from U.S. mothers, a new study found. Researchers tested 50 samples and all came back positive for PFAS, man-made chemicals that don't break down in the environment and have been linked to several health problems. Known colloquially as 'forever chemicals', PFAS chemicals contain compounds that can taint soil, pollute water and ruin composts. They also can remain in the body for days or months before being excreted, increasing the risk of severe disorders, birth defects and conditions, including cancer. What's more, the team - from Indiana University, the University of Washington and the non-profit Toxic-Free Future - said that in some circumstances, levels were up 2,000 times higher than what is deemed acceptable in drinking water by U.S. health and environmental agencies. A new study from Indiana University, the University of Washington and the non-profit Toxic-Free Future -looked at breast milk samples from 50 U.S. mothers and found PFAS chemicals in 100% of samples The authors told The Guardian that the findings are 'a cause for concern.' 'The...
    Junk food fiends have more to worry about than a ballooning waistline. Chemical preservatives and other additives found in many popular processed foods may be undermining snackers’ immune systems, according to a new study. Two compounds, tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) and per- or poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), have been identified in more than 1,200 foods sold in the US. TBHQ, a preservative, can be found in well-known brand foods, including Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts, Rice Krispies Treats and Cheez-Its; PFAS — also known as “forever chemicals” because they survive indefinitely — are often used to create a non-stick lining in packaging, such as aluminum cans, pizza boxes and popcorn bags, and may leach into food contained within the package, according to the Environmental Working Group, whose findings were published in Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health on March 24. Researchers for the EWG based their assessment on data compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxicity Forecaster, a k a ToxCast. The data showed that TBHQ, which has been used to extend the shelf life of processed foods for decades, may impair...
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    (CBS4) – Poisonous “forever chemicals” have been found at levels higher than what some states say are safe in more than a dozen Colorado water districts. This, after massive statewide testing for the pollutants was conducted during the pandemic. The technical term for forever chemicals is PFAS, which stands for perfluoroalkyl substances, and they’re referred to as “forever chemicals,” because one they’re in the body, they don’t leave, and instead build up over time. According to the EPA, “exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse health outcomes in humans.” The EPA says two types of PFAS chemicals, PFOA and PFOS, can cause cancer, birth defects, and thyroid hormone disruption. PFAS can be found in a variety of common products, like clothing, cookware, and furniture. Pollution of those products can then lead to contamination of the water supply. While the EPA has no legal limit for PFAS in drinking water, it recommends the level not be any higher than 70 parts per trillion for PFOA and PFOS. But eight states say that’s not good enough, setting more stringent legal limits. Like Massachusetts,...
    Campbell Downie/EyeEm/Getty Images A new study from Consumer Reports found high levels of risky chemicals known as PFAS in popular brands of sparkling water, including Topo Chico, Polar, Bubly, and La Croix.  Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS for short) are manufactured chemicals that don't break down over time, and can accumulate in the environment and in your body.  There's evidence linking some PFAS to health issues like high cholesterol, cancer, thyroid issues, immune system problems, and low infant birth weights.  PFAS aren't federally regulated, but some states have set limits. All the brands tested were compliant with current standards.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Some of the most popular seltzers and sparkling waters on the US market could contain artificial chemicals linked to health risks, according to a study published September 24 by Consumer Reports.  Researchers found several brands of sparkling water, including Topo Chico, Bubly, Polar, and La Croix, contained measurable amounts of man-made chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS for short.  PFAS are chemicals that don't break down over time, so they...
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