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Persistent Pollutants

US government investigating food supply for PFAS contamination

EPA examining use of polluted water in agriculture

by Cheryl Hogue
March 7, 2019 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 97, ISSUE 10


Credit: Senior Airman Xavier Navarro/US Air Force
Much PFAS contamination comes from firefighting foams used at military bases.

The US government is broadening its focus on toxic fluorocarbon contamination beyond industrial sites and military bases to include the nation’s food supply.

The move comes in the wake of reports last month that a New Mexico dairy is dumping tens of thousands of liters of milk and will euthanize thousands of cows because they are contaminated with nonpolymer per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The dairy has several wells tainted with the substances—which are ingredients in some firefighting foams and have infiltrated groundwater at nearby Cannon Air Force Base.

Now, the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration are joining the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense in investigating PFAS contamination, Dave Ross, the EPA’s assistant administrator for water, said at a March 6 congressional hearing. EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler recently directed the agency’s Office of Research and Development to study agricultural uses of groundwater contaminated with PFAS, Ross said. His comments were in response to a question about the impacts of PFAS-polluted water on croplands from Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) during the hearing.

Concern about PFAS in food is fairly new in the US. But in parts of Australia near PFAS-contaminated military bases, the government has warned residents not to eat eggs, milk, or meat from animals that drink PFAS-tainted water and not to eat leafy green vegetables from their gardens.



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Geoff Daly (March 10, 2019 1:54 AM)
Since the mid 1950s the EPA has been aware that DuPont scientists had concerns about the family of PFCs causing "health problems" , then in 1966 the FDA denied DuPont permission to coat food wrapping papers with thers PFCs [now refered to as PFAS Family/Class of Per and Poly FluorinTed chemicals also refered to C-8, C-6, and C-10 to 14]
Now more than 50+ years later after many denials by DuPont, 3M, Daikin, Chemours, Solvay, Dyneon Gore and numerous far Eastern companies that their PFAS family/class of chemicals are safe. Through funding of "Think Tanks" to cover up what their PFAS Chemicals were really doing to the health of the population who came into contact with them through Drinking Water, Air/Soil, Food, Treated Fabrics, Cleaning Fluids, Greases/Lubricants , AFFF, Coated fabrics, TEFLON cook ware [overtime the TEFLON would fume dangerous gases- many home owners have lost pets to fabric coatings and fumes, including their young Children and Pregnant Mothers - who also Breast fed.
This was all hidden , just like the Tobacco industry did over cigarettes!
The lobbyists and industry have [TRIED] to hid behind "it is a trade secret" when asked for a fully descriptive MSDS sheet, knowing full well what is now in excess of 4,000 variations of the original PFC chemicals which formed TEFLON as the back-bone of todays $85+ billion industry by the above mention companies and their products affecting over 99% of the Worlds population and health.
We all need to know that these PFAS Chemicals when ingested are Bio-accumulative, highly toxic, persistent [cannot be destroyed by nature for hundreds of years, maybe more], cancer causing [ATSDR 2018 Report on PFAS EXPOSURE]
When will we learn that hidding the truth never works out, the Tobacco industry is the first of many who have claimed "trade secret"! The public is getting Smarter day by day.

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