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December 2022

New US lawsuit targets ‘forever chemicals’ in plastic food containers

By PFAS in the news

A new lawsuit says many plastic containers used in the US to hold food, cleaning supplies, personal care items and other consumer products are likely to be contaminated with toxic PFAS. It is now asking federal courts to halt their production.

The suit references soon-to-be-published research that found PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl substances) from HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic containers leach at extremely high levels into ketchup, mayonnaise, olive oil and everyday products. Read more…

EPA Tells States to Screen for PFAS Before Discharges Enter Waterways

By PFAS in the news

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today gave states important recommendations to test wastewater for PFAS before allowing polluters to discharge it into public waters, which is the main route of human exposure to these “forever chemicals.” PFAS are nearly indestructible, non-biodegradable, and linked to serious health issues such as cancer, infertility, and impaired fetal development. At least 200 million people in 38 states and Puerto Rico have PFAS-contaminated tap water or groundwater. States now have an opportunity to take a step in minimizing the harm caused by industrial discharges of these toxic chemicals. Read more…