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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed laws banning toxic PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ in children’s products and food packaging

Well done. Canada also needs ban toxic perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Sharon Udasin, The Hill »

The pollutants driving the first two laws are perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of toxic compounds linked to kidney, liver, immunological, developmental and reproductive issues. These so-called forever chemicals are most known for contaminating waterways via firefighting foam, but they are also key ingredients in an array of household products like nonstick pans, toys, makeup, fast-food containers and waterproof apparel.

One of the laws, introduced by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D), prohibits the use of PFAS in children’s products, such as car seats and cribs, beginning on July 1, 2023, according to the governor’s office.

The second PFAS-related law, proposed by Assemblyman Philip Ting (D), bans intentionally added PFAS from food packaging and requires cookware manufacturers to disclose the presence of PFAS and other chemicals on products and labels online — beginning on January 1, 2023.

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PFAS » The secret toxins in your body and in the environment

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

From Tim Schauenberg, DW via YouTube »

What does a rain jacket or a pan have to do with our health and environment? A lot. They can contain “forever chemicals” or PFAS, which are seriously harmful and never degrade.

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  • PFAS Chemicals In You and Your Products. What You Should Know » Sara Goddard
  • Robert Billot’s next lawsuit on behalf of everyone in the U.S. with PFAS in their blood » The Intercept
  • Roland Weber’s summary of PFAS in drinking water » BioMed Central
  • Companies and products that (partly) banned PFAS » PFAS Free

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  • Last Week Tonight host John Oliver on protecting against ‘forever chemicals’: ‘It shouldn’t just be on us as individuals’ » The Guardian

The group of chemicals known as PFAS, with strong carbon-flourine bonds, do not degrade in the environment, and have been linked to health issues such as high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, pregnancy-induced hypertension, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer and decreased response to vaccines, “which is clearly terrible”, the Last Week Tonight host said, “but also really shouldn’t be that surprising to you seeing as the original name for this show was ‘That Thing You Like Is Bad with Saddy Longlegs’.”

These “forever chemicals” are estimated to have lifetimes in the thousands of years, and exposure has been linked to fertility problems, changes in metabolism, and an increased risk cancer, yet much remains unknown about their long-term consequences.

Oliver dug into the long history of PFAS’s corporate cover-up: the chemical PFOA, also known as C8, was first sold in 1951 by a company called 3M to chemical company DuPont, which used it to make Teflon, used for non-stick pans. Decades ago, as DuPont marketed Teflon to families, 3M already knew that some PFAS accumulated in humans and animals, that they did not degrade in the environment, and that they could increase the size of the liver in rats, rabbits and dogs.

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