PFAS are a very large group of some 12,000 chemicals. They’re used in a wide range of industrial and consumer applications for their grease and water-resistant properties, but this also makes them incredibly persistent in the environment—and the human body.
Because they don't easily break down, PFAS have been found everywhere, contaminating air, water, soil, and food, and research has linked them to a wide array of health effects, including testicular cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, and more.
The FDA tells us that from the testing it has done that the vast majority of our food is safe from PFAS. Specifically, it has identified seafood and certain meat products as being most at risk of contamination, with plant foods having been so far found to be free of detectable PFAS. Our testing directly contradicts the FDA's complacent attitude when it comes to PFAS contamination of our food supply. The fact that kale, one of the healthiest foods you can get at the supermarket, is contaminated, is particularly concerning, and points to a much wider problem than that suggested by the FDA.
We need to create a groundswell of grassroots support for a ban on PFAS chemicals as soon as possible. Fill out the forms here to send messages to Congress, the EPA, and the FDA urging them to protect the public and ban PFAS for good!