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Perfluoroalkyl substances

Perfluoroalkyl substances

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by / Views 58 / August 25, 2015

Perfluoroalkyl substances:

Perfluoroalkyl substances  also known as PFASs and consists of 42 families and subfamilies of PFASs and 268 selected individual compounds. The occurrence of PFASs was confirmed in all human tissues and is very high in breast milk, with accumulations in nursing infants.*

Items that contain perfluoroalkyl substances include: pizza boxes, sleeping bags, electronics (such as cell phones and hard disk drives), backpacks, footwear and even hospital equipment (including stents, needles and pacemakers, hospital gowns and divider curtains).

Poly- and perfluoroalkyl acids (PFASs) are ubiquitous in our lives. These chemicals are used as surfactants and as water and oil repellents in a variety of consumer products such as cosmetics, food packaging, furnishings, and clothing. PFASs are highly persistent, bioaccumulative, and are toxic **.  As a result, they are being phased out in many countries.

Items that contain perfluoroalkyl substances include: pizza boxes, sleeping bags, electronics (such as cell phones and hard disk drives), backpacks, footwear and even hospital equipment (including stents, needles and pacemakers, hospital gowns and divider curtains).

EWG rating for this family include: 0-10
Environment International Volume 59, September 2013, Pages 354–362
**(Buck et al. 2011)

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