PFAS -the so-called ‘forever chemicals’ have started to come into the news spotlight because of all the new discoveries of such chemicals in products of everyday use.
Earlier in 2022, EWG tested baby products in an independent laboratory and found fluorine in all 34 samples, which potentially indicates the presence of PFAS. Further testing revealed that ten products with high fluorine levels had detectable levels of PFAS.
Similarly, pet food packaging has also been found to contain PFAS. Testing has revealed that some of the most famous pet food companies, like Purina, contain significant concentrations of PFAS.
PFAS Testing For Baby Products
EWG conducted testing earlier this year for the presence of fluorine and PFAS in bedding, changing pads, bibs, clothing, nursing pillows, pacifier clips, activity gyms, playmats, snack bags, soft toys, and outerwear. This is an outline of the main results:
- Prevalence of PFAS in baby products
- Total fluorine highest levels in bedding
- Total fluorine second highest concentration in outerwear, bibs, and snack bags
- Testing is among the first to show detailed levels of PFAS in baby textiles
PFAS Testing Details
PFAS is a group of chemicals comprised of roughly 4,000 unique compounds. As such, testing for all possible PFAS is impractical, and the amount of total fluorine is used as an approximation.
Is PFAS Exposure Risky?
A baby’s body is especially vulnerable to the harms of PFAS due to the greater exposure-per-pound risk. PFAS have been associated with several health issues, such as:
- suppression of the immune system
- reduced vaccine efficacy
- harmful effects on the reproductive system
- increased risk of certain cancers
- metabolism issues
PFAS In Pet Food Packaging
As mentioned above, testing for all 4000 chemicals in the PFAS group is virtually impossible. Instead, the laboratory can test for total fluorine, indicating whether certain PFAS are present in the product.
Some of the highest concentrations of total fluorine were found in well-known pet food companies. Such companies and products include:
- Cat Meow MixTender Centers Salmon & White Meat Chicken
- Purina Cat Chow Complet Chicken
- Rachael Ray Nutrish Super Premium Food for Cats Real Salmon & Brown Rice Recipe
- Kibbles ‘n Bits Bacon & Steak Flavor
- Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Puppy Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe
What Needs To Be Done?
Following solid scientific evidence, let’s take a step back and evaluate the situation.
Even if a product claims to be free of a particular PFAS chemical companies are not required to disclose their use of PFAS. Even if we could eliminate PFAS in products altogether, PFAS could still be around us -in household dust, for instance.
To this day, there is no public commitment to stop using chemicals in pet food packaging and baby products. Companies are not obliged to disclose the use of PFAS in their products; even if products are labeled ‘green’ or ‘organic’ it does not mean that they are PFAS-free.
Regulation Is Key
Since PFAS exist in so many products we use on a daily basis, the ideal solution should be fast and emphatic action by the federal government. In the absence of this, some states have begun introducing regulatory legislation to ban chemicals from products, such as Maine and Colorado. California has also taken significant steps toward banning PFAS, and because of the size of its market, it is very likely to influence the entire American market.
We need to have strong laws that can eliminate PFAS from products. The Biden administration has committed to taking action against PFAS, notably by the EPA.
Contact Napoli Shkolnik For More Information
If you have questions about the use of PFAS in products or if you are suffering from PFAS-related health issues, you can contact Napoli Shkolnik LLC. Our team of attorneys can help you determine whether you are entitled to compensation from companies that use PFAS in their products.