One eaten salmon is equal to a month of drinking water with “eternal chemicals”

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<p>“Eternal Chemicals” – Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are widely used in a variety of applications but have been linked to cancer and other diseases. PFAS accumulate over time and disrupt the endocrine system, but do not break down when released into the environment. They can contaminate drinking water sources near facilities where these chemicals are used.</p>
<p>Researchers from the EWG's Environmental Working Group analyzed 500 fish fillets from US waters. They calculated that eating contaminated fish is equivalent to a month's worth of water at a dangerous concentration. The average level of total PFAS in fish was 9,500 nanograms per kilogram, but it increased to 11,800 nanograms per kilogram in fish caught in the Great Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario.</p>
<p>EWG Senior Scientist and study lead author Dr. David Andrews explained: “People who consume freshwater fish, especially those who fish and eat fish regularly, are at risk of developing dangerous levels of PFAS in their bodies. The durability of PFAS is due to the strong bond between carbon and fluorine atoms that nothing in nature can break”.</p>
<p>The ultra-strong bond between carbon and fluorine means that PFAS can pass through most water treatment systems completely unscathed, as well as into the bloodstream. linked to infertility, behavioral problems, birth defects, high cholesterol, and even various types of cancer, including kidney, testicular, and ovarian cancer.</p>
<p> According to the EPA, almost all fish in rivers and U.S. streams are contaminated to ppb levels with PFAS.<br /> The most common PFAS detected was PFAS, found in 75% of fish samples.</p>
<p> 40,000 industrial polluters in the US are still dumping toxic chemicals into surface waters. This contamination has resulted in them entering the drinking water of approximately 200 million Americans, as well as the soil, crops and wildlife, including fish.</p>
<p> “We must act quickly to set rules for industries , which will dump PFAS into the environment”,– says the EPA. ”There should be a single health-protective freshwater fish consumption recommendation across the country”.</p>
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