EWG’s Guide to Avoiding PFCs

Our PEHSU has fielded several questions about PFCs in the past few months. The main question: how can my family be exposed to PFCs?

Perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, have appeared on the radar of environmental and health journalist as an emerging chemical. Many stories examine the presence of PFCs in fire extinguishing foam used by the Department of Defense for decades and how the use of this firefighting foam has contaminated drinking water. These well contaminations continue to pop up across the country and often don’t reach a media platform outside of the community of those affected.

Fortunately, Environmental Working Group created a concise roundup of everyday items that contain or may have PFCs.

The good news is there is momentum to eliminate PFCs from these household items. Several textile industries are making changes to remove PFCs from their products and replace long-chain PFCs with other water-proofing agents that will not pollute their factories nor their consumers. Additionally, the FDA has banned three perfluorinated compounds from use in food packagings, such as microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes, and other containers that need grease-proofing.

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