ARE THERE HARMFUL CHEMICALS IN OUR FOOD?

June 13, 2019

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The FDA recently reported finding levels of PFAs chemicals (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in some of the foods we eat. In a statement, they also say, “Overall, our findings did not detect PFAs in the vast majority of the food tested” and that these substances are not a human health concern in the levels they did find. But, the FDA also acknowledges that “the bioaccumulation of certain PFAs may cause serious health conditions.” PFAs, or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are synthetic chemicals found in things like non-stick cookware, food packaging, and some household chemicals. They were first made in the 1930s as the main ingredients for non-stick coatings. PFAs are often referred to as “forever chemicals” because they take thousands of years to degrade and can build up in people’s bodies over time. Sophie J. Balk MD, pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in Bronx, New York and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health tells Parentology  that food and water contaminated with PFAs are more likely to be found around manufacturing plants where these compounds are found.

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