What Does PFAS Do to Your Health?
Scientists are still learning about the effects of per and polyfluoroalkyl substances on humans, but recent studies have found that PFAS can harm different systems in the body. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) , chronic exposure to PFAS chemicals may increase a person's risk for kidney or testicular cancer, elevated cholesterol levels, and damage to the liver and immune system.
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What are the Symptoms of PFAS Exposure?
According to the ATSDR, potential health effects of PFAS exposure include:
- Increased cholesterol levels
- Decreased vaccine response in children
- Changes in liver enzymes
- Increased risk of high blood pressure or preeclampsia in pregnant women
- Decreases in infant birth weights
- Increased risk of kidney or testicular cancer
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How Do I Avoid Eating PFAS in My Food?
You'll avoid PFAS in take-out containers and reduce trash. Limit foods like hamburgers, pastries, or french fries which come in grease-resistant packaging. Recent studies have found PFAS in nearly 50% of tested wrappers or pastry bags.
What's Being Done About PFAS in the Environment?
The U.S. government has recently taken a number of steps to address PFAS pollution on the state and federal levels. Along with the updated June 2022 drinking water advisory by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the government announced $1 billion in infrastructure grant funding to address the problem of PFAS contamination in the environment. The goal is to improve health protections with policies like required water testing.
In October 2021, the White House announced initiatives to protect communities and the environment from PFAS. The Biden administration listed steps for 8 government agencies, including the FDA, to tackle PFAS pollution.
What Can I Do About PFAS Pollution?
This is a complicated question, as PFAS can be hard to avoid completely. If you already own something that contains PFAS, it's safe to use as long as you're using it correctly (for instance: don't overheat your non-stick pans). Just look for another alternative when it's time to replace it.
The burden mainly lies with the manufacturers of PFAS to stop using the chemicals, and the government to ban or heavily restrict them. Many companies have recently pledged to stop using PFAS in any products, including some clothing, fast food, and outdoor sports brands.
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