POPs in the news

28/05/2024 -

Forever chemicals, or PFAS, are the subject of a pivotal study by Stockholm University’s Department of Environmental Science. This research uncovers a neglected route through which PFAS cycle back to land from the ocean. It challenges the common belief, showing PFAS do not simply dilute in the ocean but follow a cyclical journey. The study reveals that ocean waves launch these toxic substances into the air, where they then settle back onto land, posing potential risks to human health and the environment.

·         Ocean waves send harmful PFAS forever chemicals back to land  –  earth.com

PFAS exposure


Ocean waves send harmful PFAS forever chemicals back to land

Forever chemicals, or PFAS, are the subject of a pivotal study by Stockholm University’s Department of Environmental Science. This research uncovers a neglected route through which PFAS cycle back to land from the ocean. It challenges the common belief, showing PFAS do not simply dilute in the ocean but follow a cyclical journey. The study reveals that ocean waves launch these toxic substances into the air, where they then settle back onto land, posing potential risks to human health and the environment.

·         Ocean waves send harmful PFAS forever chemicals back to land  –  earth.com

PFAS exposure

02/04/2024 -

Do your “band-aids” or bandages have indications of PFAS “forever chemicals” inside the absorbent pad or adhesive flaps? This is exactly what the Mamavation community asked us and we had no idea, so we started testing different bandage products to find out. Mamavation sent several types of bandages off to an EPA-certified lab to ascertain whether consumers were being exposed to PFAS when they were bandaging up open wounds. More:

PFAS Uses

“Band-Aids” & Bandages with Indications of PFAS “Forever Chemicals” Report

Do your “band-aids” or bandages have indications of PFAS “forever chemicals” inside the absorbent pad or adhesive flaps? This is exactly what the Mamavation community asked us and we had no idea, so we started testing different bandage products to find out. Mamavation sent several types of bandages off to an EPA-certified lab to ascertain whether consumers were being exposed to PFAS when they were bandaging up open wounds. More:

PFAS Uses
27/03/2024 -

Growers’ use of the neurotoxic weed killer paraquat is concentrated in just five agricultural counties, leaving low-income Latinos disproportionately exposed to a chemical linked to Parkinson’s disease, a new analysis shows. More:

Agricultural Paraquat Use and Human Exposure Occupational Exposure and Human Health Risks Paraquat and Parkinson's Disease Pesticide Exposure Health Impact Paraquat Regulation The Community's Right to Know

California’s Latino Communities Most at Risk From Exposure to Brain-Damaging Weed Killer

Growers’ use of the neurotoxic weed killer paraquat is concentrated in just five agricultural counties, leaving low-income Latinos disproportionately exposed to a chemical linked to Parkinson’s disease, a new analysis shows. More:

Agricultural Paraquat Use and Human Exposure Occupational Exposure and Human Health Risks Paraquat and Parkinson's Disease Pesticide Exposure Health Impact Paraquat Regulation The Community's Right to Know
27/03/2024 -

The grass may be greener if it's made of synthetic turf, but some communities are raising concerns about "forever chemicals" that may be found in many of the faux fields. More:

PFAS Human Health and Environmental Risks

Debate about safety of synthetic turf and 'forever chemicals' raises concerns for some

The grass may be greener if it's made of synthetic turf, but some communities are raising concerns about "forever chemicals" that may be found in many of the faux fields. More:

PFAS Human Health and Environmental Risks
27/03/2024 -

Two chemicals found in common household products like disinfectants and furniture may play a role in the development of neurological disorders like autism and multiple sclerosis, according to a new study, adding to previous research that found the chemicals may be detrimental to human health. More:

Flame Retardants, Exposure and Impact Quaternary Ammonium Compounds in Cleaning Products

Chemicals Found In Popular Household Products Potentially Linked To Autism, Multiple Sclerosis, Study Suggests

Two chemicals found in common household products like disinfectants and furniture may play a role in the development of neurological disorders like autism and multiple sclerosis, according to a new study, adding to previous research that found the chemicals may be detrimental to human health. More:

Flame Retardants, Exposure and Impact Quaternary Ammonium Compounds in Cleaning Products
26/03/2024 -

Millions of tonnes of asbestos are being removed from buildings around the world – can this dangerous mineral be disposed of permanently? Or even be put to good use?. More:

Asbestos: Water, Soil and Air Contamination Asbestos in Homes Asbestos Toxicity Human Health Impact: Mesothelioma Asbestos Disposal, Containment and Detoxification Asbestos Ban

Asbestos is a global waste problem - here's how we might get rid of it

Millions of tonnes of asbestos are being removed from buildings around the world – can this dangerous mineral be disposed of permanently? Or even be put to good use?. More:

Asbestos: Water, Soil and Air Contamination Asbestos in Homes Asbestos Toxicity Human Health Impact: Mesothelioma Asbestos Disposal, Containment and Detoxification Asbestos Ban
23/03/2024 -

A recent study conducted by the Environmental Working Group found that a number of beauty and skin care products contain Teflon, the brand name for a chemical called polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE, and/or other fluorinated chemicals known as per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFASs). More:


Here's How To Find Out If There's Teflon In Your Beauty Products

A recent study conducted by the Environmental Working Group found that a number of beauty and skin care products contain Teflon, the brand name for a chemical called polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE, and/or other fluorinated chemicals known as per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFASs). More:

22/03/2024 -

The Lou Guillette Jr. Outstanding Young Investigator Award is an annual award given to an early career scientist who studies endocrine-disrupting chemicals — compounds like BPA and phthalates that alter the proper functioning of our hormones. EHN senior news editor Brian Bienkowski sat down with Dr. Anne Starling, winner of the 2023 Lou Guillette award, to discuss her work on PFAS and other toxics, how this has shaped her consumer habits, and where she finds hope. More:


Q&A: Award-winning scientist Anne Starling on the latest PFAS research— and where she finds hope

The Lou Guillette Jr. Outstanding Young Investigator Award is an annual award given to an early career scientist who studies endocrine-disrupting chemicals — compounds like BPA and phthalates that alter the proper functioning of our hormones. EHN senior news editor Brian Bienkowski sat down with Dr. Anne Starling, winner of the 2023 Lou Guillette award, to discuss her work on PFAS and other toxics, how this has shaped her consumer habits, and where she finds hope. More:

20/03/2024 -

The initiative, known as the Financing Agrochemical Reduction and Management Programme (FARM), seeks to address the rampant use of highly hazardous pesticides and agricultural plastics that contribute to pollution and pose significant health risks globally. More:


Global initiative launches to tackle toxic agricultural pollution

The initiative, known as the Financing Agrochemical Reduction and Management Programme (FARM), seeks to address the rampant use of highly hazardous pesticides and agricultural plastics that contribute to pollution and pose significant health risks globally. More:

20/03/2024 -

Our world is awash in chemicals. While many have improved our lives, a lax regulatory system, coupled with chemical industry greed and malfeasance, means that many other chemicals are harming our health and the environment. More:

US Toxic Substances Control Act Chemical Substance Inventory (TSCA Inventory) Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

The Toxic Chemicals Hiding in Our Homes, and How We Can Reduce Them

Our world is awash in chemicals. While many have improved our lives, a lax regulatory system, coupled with chemical industry greed and malfeasance, means that many other chemicals are harming our health and the environment. More:

US Toxic Substances Control Act Chemical Substance Inventory (TSCA Inventory) Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
20/03/2024 -

Approximately 95% of nonorganic strawberries, leafy greens such as spinach and kale, collard and mustard greens, grapes, peaches and pears tested by the United States government contained detectable levels of pesticides, according to the 2024 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. More:

Shopper's Guides to Pesticides in Produce Pesticides Human Health Impact Pesticides Occupational Exposure Risks Herbicide DCPA Fungicide Fludioxonil Fungicide Pyrimethanil

Blueberries, strawberries again on the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list

Approximately 95% of nonorganic strawberries, leafy greens such as spinach and kale, collard and mustard greens, grapes, peaches and pears tested by the United States government contained detectable levels of pesticides, according to the 2024 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. More:

Shopper's Guides to Pesticides in Produce Pesticides Human Health Impact Pesticides Occupational Exposure Risks Herbicide DCPA Fungicide Fludioxonil Fungicide Pyrimethanil
15/03/2024 -

Due to their water- and fat-repellent properties, PFAS can be found in many products. Yet these forever chemicals can be highly toxic. In the US, they've been phased out of all fast-food wrappers and packaging. More:


How harmful are forever chemicals?

Due to their water- and fat-repellent properties, PFAS can be found in many products. Yet these forever chemicals can be highly toxic. In the US, they've been phased out of all fast-food wrappers and packaging. More:

14/03/2024 -

Most of the nation’s plastic sandwich baggies contain toxic PFAS “forever chemicals”, an analysis suggests, raising questions about the products’ safety in the US. Testing of 11 types of baggies made by major producers showed high levels of a marker of PFAS in nine. More:

PFAS in Plastic Food Containers Fluorinated Plastic Containers PFAS in Food Contact Applications PFAS in Food PFAS in Food Packaging: Loopholes in Regulation

Most US sandwich baggies contain toxic PFAS ‘forever chemicals’, analysis says

Most of the nation’s plastic sandwich baggies contain toxic PFAS “forever chemicals”, an analysis suggests, raising questions about the products’ safety in the US. Testing of 11 types of baggies made by major producers showed high levels of a marker of PFAS in nine. More:

PFAS in Plastic Food Containers Fluorinated Plastic Containers PFAS in Food Contact Applications PFAS in Food PFAS in Food Packaging: Loopholes in Regulation
14/03/2024 -

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) - At least 3,000 more chemicals are in plastics — from food packaging to toys to medical devices — than previously estimated by environmental agencies, a report found, raising questions over pollution and consumer safety. More:


Chemicals in plastics far more numerous than previous estimates, report says

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) - At least 3,000 more chemicals are in plastics — from food packaging to toys to medical devices — than previously estimated by environmental agencies, a report found, raising questions over pollution and consumer safety. More:

12/03/2024 -

The food and aquaculture sectors generate a huge amount of fish scale waste from processes such as preparation, canning, filleting, salting, and smoking. Disposal of fish scale waste in landfills may cause serious environmental pollution problems. Therefore, converting fish scale waste into functional materials could help to reduce environmental impact and generate economic benefits. More:


Fish scale waste could remove dye pollution from water

The food and aquaculture sectors generate a huge amount of fish scale waste from processes such as preparation, canning, filleting, salting, and smoking. Disposal of fish scale waste in landfills may cause serious environmental pollution problems. Therefore, converting fish scale waste into functional materials could help to reduce environmental impact and generate economic benefits. More:

11/03/2024 -

Two years ago, he was blindsided when the state of Michigan ordered him to shut down his farm, citing high levels of PFAS — or what are often referred to as toxic “forever chemicals” — in both his beef and soil. Grostic had been using biosolids, a treated byproduct from wastewater plants, to fertilize his crops, which he then fed his cattle. But what he thought was a cost-effective fertilizer, turned out to be laden with PFAS. More:

PFAS in Fertilizers PFAS Impact on Human Health PFAS Management

This farmer's livelihood was ruined by PFAS-contaminated fertilizer that few Midwest states test for

Two years ago, he was blindsided when the state of Michigan ordered him to shut down his farm, citing high levels of PFAS — or what are often referred to as toxic “forever chemicals” — in both his beef and soil. Grostic had been using biosolids, a treated byproduct from wastewater plants, to fertilize his crops, which he then fed his cattle. But what he thought was a cost-effective fertilizer, turned out to be laden with PFAS. More:

PFAS in Fertilizers PFAS Impact on Human Health PFAS Management
07/03/2024 -

Firefighters are regarded as heroes because they often put themselves in harm’s way when responding to emergency calls. They are able to carry out heroic deeds, in large part, because of the safety shield provided by their protective equipment or “turnout” gear. However, a growing body of research suggests that the gear that protects firefighters could also be risking their health. More:

PFAS in Firefighter Gear Toward PFAS Free Gear

A recent study shows increased PFAS risks to firefighters as their protective gear ages

Firefighters are regarded as heroes because they often put themselves in harm’s way when responding to emergency calls. They are able to carry out heroic deeds, in large part, because of the safety shield provided by their protective equipment or “turnout” gear. However, a growing body of research suggests that the gear that protects firefighters could also be risking their health. More:

PFAS in Firefighter Gear Toward PFAS Free Gear
06/03/2024 -

The report says benzene “can form at unacceptably high levels” in both prescription and over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide products, and results from Valisure’s tests showing that some products could form more than 800 times the “conditionally restricted” US Food and Drug Administration concentration limit for benzene. More:

Benzene Benzene Contamination in Drugs Benzene Contamination in Personal Care Products

Cancer-causing chemical can form at ‘unacceptably high levels’ in certain acne products, independent lab claims

The report says benzene “can form at unacceptably high levels” in both prescription and over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide products, and results from Valisure’s tests showing that some products could form more than 800 times the “conditionally restricted” US Food and Drug Administration concentration limit for benzene. More:

Benzene Benzene Contamination in Drugs Benzene Contamination in Personal Care Products
05/03/2024 -

Walking down any aisle in a supermarket, “BPA-free” labels declare food, water bottles, sippy cups, and other products to be clear of bisphenol A (BPA)—a chemical used in plastic and as a liner in food cans. Serious health concerns linked to BPA prompted manufacturers to synthesize dozens of chemical substitutes that are now incorporated into thousands of products. But are they safe? More:

Bisphenol A (BPA) Human Exposure Human Health Effects Impact on Fertility BPA Substitutes

We got rid of BPA in some products—but are the substitutes any safer?

Walking down any aisle in a supermarket, “BPA-free” labels declare food, water bottles, sippy cups, and other products to be clear of bisphenol A (BPA)—a chemical used in plastic and as a liner in food cans. Serious health concerns linked to BPA prompted manufacturers to synthesize dozens of chemical substitutes that are now incorporated into thousands of products. But are they safe? More:

Bisphenol A (BPA) Human Exposure Human Health Effects Impact on Fertility BPA Substitutes
05/03/2024 -

Scientists from the University of Rochester have developed new electrochemical approaches to clean up pollution from "forever chemicals" found in clothing, food packaging, firefighting foams, and a wide array of other products. A new Journal of Catalysis study describes nanocatalysts developed to remediate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS. More:


Harmful 'forever chemicals' removed from water with new electrocatalysis method

Scientists from the University of Rochester have developed new electrochemical approaches to clean up pollution from "forever chemicals" found in clothing, food packaging, firefighting foams, and a wide array of other products. A new Journal of Catalysis study describes nanocatalysts developed to remediate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS. More:

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