September 24, 2023

EWG Study: Eating One Freshwater Fish a Month Problematic

A new study from Environmental Working Group (EWG) says that eating one freshwater fish a month is equivalent to a month of drinking water contaminated with forever chemicals, or PFOS, at levels that might be harmful to your health. PFOS, or perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, is one of the so-called "forever chemicals" because they do not break down in the environment. PFOS are found in food packaging, nonstick cookware, firefighting goats, and waterproof clothing. They, along with other PFAS chemicals, have been linked with the development of testicular and kidney cancer, weakened immunity, low birth weight, and endocrine disruption, along with fertility problems, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. These chemicals are everywhere, including in our food and our bodies. … [Read more...]

Crown Prince Smoked Baby Clams Recalled For PFAS Chemicals

Crown Prince Smoked Baby Clams are being recalled because they contain detectable levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that can cause serious health problems, according to FDA test results. The FDA recently released results about PFAS in seafood, stating that clams imported from China were a particular concern. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this item. The recalling firm is Crown Prince, Inc. PFAS are man made chemicals that are used in consumer and industrial products. They can accumulate in the environment and in the human body. Exposure to these chemicals is linked to increased cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia in pregnant women, development effects, decreases in immune response, … [Read more...]

Bumble Bee Smoked Clams Recalled For PFAS Chemicals

Bumble Bee Smoked Clams are being recalled because they have detectable levels of PFAS chemicals. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are man-made chemicals used in consumer and industrial products that can accumulate in the body and in the environment, which is how clams and other types of seafood become contaminated. The recall was issued after the company was informed about FDA test results. There are associations between PFAS exposure and human health problems including developmental effects, decreases in immune response, changes in liver function, increases in certain types of cancer, increased cholesterol levels, increases in high blood pressure, and increases in preeclampsia in pregnant women. Children are more susceptible to problems with these types of compounds. No … [Read more...]

FDA Results on PFAS in Seafood; Canned Clams From China A Concern

FDA results on PFAS in seafood were released yesterday, with the finding that the percentage of seafood samples with detectable PFAS were higher than the general food supply obtained from FDA's Total Diet Study. Canned clams imported from China were a particular concern. PFAS are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which include perfluorooctanoic acid acid (PFOA). Exposure to that chemical is associated with developmental effects, reduced immune response, changes to liver function, and increases in some types of cancer. Seafood may be at increased risk for PFAS contamination from the environment. This "limited survey" was conducted as a first step to see if that agency needs to conduct a more targeted or larger study on PFAS ┬áin seafood. Eighty-one samples of clams, cod, … [Read more...]

FDA Announces Voluntary Phase Out of PFAS Used in Food Packaging

The FDA is announcing a voluntary phase out of PFAs that are used in some types of food packaging. PFAS are short chain per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances that contain 6:2 fluorotelomer alcohol. This is often used as grease-proofing agents on paper and paper board food packaging. Food safety experts are concerned that the use of these compounds in food packaging. Since paper and paperboard come into contact with food, experts think the chemicals may migrate into the food. PFAS are very persistent, which means they don't break down and can accumulate over time. In animals, PFAS have caused reproductive, developmental, liver and kidney, and immunological effects. They have also caused tumors in animals. In human studies, PFAS can cause increased cholesterol levels, and more … [Read more...]

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