How to Reduce Your Exposure to PFAS
Thousands of PFAS chemicals are currently in production across the United States. Some PFAS are no longer manufactured in the U.S. but are still produced in other countries and subsequently imported into the states via consumer goods. To reduce your exposure to PFAS, consider the following recommendations:
Cook Fresh Food at Home
We all know there are a lot of good reasons to eat more home-cooked meals and more fresh foods. Home-cooked meals are typically more nutritious, and the fresher your food is, the less likely it will have been exposed to packaging that contains PFAS.
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Reduce PFAS in Your Drinking Water
Most public water systems across the U.S. are not currently required to test for PFAS, which is why you should contact your municipality if you would like to know about PFAS testing in your community.
To reduce exposure to PFAS and protect your health, reduce or eliminate the use of drinking water containing PFAS or supplement it with an alternative source, such as:
- Water from a source that has been tested for PFAS and has levels below Recommended Groundwater Enforcement Standard levels of 20 parts per trillion
- Water from a treatment system that has been certified by ANSI/NSF Standards 53 or 58 to reduce PFAS.
- Bottled water that is labeled with an NSF and/or IBWA seal.
Follow Guidelines for Eating Fish
Avoid eating fish from waterways contaminated with PFAS. You can determine which waterways are affected by contacting your state or tribal fish advisory programs using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of state, territory, and tribal fish advisory contacts . It is important to follow guidelines that inform people to stop or limit eating fish from PFAS-contaminated water sources.
Check Your Cookware
While most modern non-stick pans contain PFAS, it’s unlikely the chemicals are released during normal use, so long as the pans aren’t overheated or scraped. However, since PFAS might eventually be released when these pans are disposed of, experts recommend purchasing other types of cookware such as stainless steel or cast iron pans.
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