"PFAS, known as “forever chemicals”, have been found just about everywhere on
Earth, including in toilet paper.
These chemicals are a group of artificial compounds based on carbon and
fluorine – per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. They comprise
thousands of individual chemicals with hundreds of documented uses, including
water proofing and fire suppression. It is likely every household has products
or textiles that contain or were treated with a product that contained PFAS
(including some non-stick cookware and stain-resistant fabrics).
Studies have shown most people have one or more PFAS compounds in their blood.
We live in a world full of chemicals, so why do we care about these ones? Well,
some PFAS have been associated with a wide range of adverse human health
effects, such as cancer and immune problems. However, there is limited evidence
of human disease resulting from environmental exposures.
Our study investigated the uptake of PFAS into livestock at ten PFAS-impacted
farms in Victoria. Our analysis also shows how risks can be reduced.
Our findings show the land and livestock can be managed to reduce PFAS levels
in the animals before they enter the food chain. This means good management
practices can protect food quality and reduce consumer exposure."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics