More states in the U.S. are acting to either track or outright ban so-called ‘forever chemicals’ that are frequently found in household products and linked to serious health problems.
The Wall Street Journal noted that 11 states have put bans on these PFAS, which are known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The paper noted that Maine now forces companies to report these chemicals in products sold in the state and has banned a certain brand of residential carpets that have the chemicals.
States like Washington and Vermont have banned fast food wrappers that contain PFAS.
Scientists have warned that these chemicals can lead to serious health problems for individuals who have been exposed. They have been linked to testicular and kidney cancers, and thyroid disease.
A report published last year rang the alarm for a tidal wave of liver disease because the chemicals are frequently found in non-stick pans and have been linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Researchers have said the issue will be the leading reason for liver transplants. The report said about 25 percent of the world’s population has the disease.
ALT, or alanine aminotransferase, is also elevated in humans with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition in which excess fat builds up in the liver, according to USC. The elevated levels suggest a possible link between PFAS and “the dramatic and unexplained rise in NAFLD in recent years.”
Companies have already said they will stop using the chemicals, but there are more than 600 other chemicals that are still in use, the WSJ reported. These chemicals are not illegal in Europe, but the EU is moving toward an EU-wide ban.
The Guardian noted that the U.S. was considering a federal ban on these chemicals, but too many politicians are inside the pockets of industry officials. The paper noted that there were proposals that aimed to ban these chemicals in food packaging, textiles, and cosmetics.
“[The chemicals] industry is basically battening down the hatches, digging their trenches for defense, and shooting their salvos to stop anything that would significantly control PFAS,” said Erik Olson, the senior strategic director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group.
These companies have said that it is hard to determine if ‘forever chemicals’ are in products made in other countries and they have expressed concerns that the call for companies to list these chemicals in their products could lead to lawsuits.
TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal has reported extensively on so-called “forever chemicals” and their risk to the public’s health. (See “WORRIED ABOUT COVID: ‘FOREVER CHEMICALS’ STILL BEING PRODUCED BY MANUFACTURERS,” “DUPONT SUED OVER ‘FOREVER CHEMICALS’” and “‘FOREVER CHEMICALS,’ FOREVER DEADLY.”)
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Nearly all Americans are exposed to PFAS. They can be found in the air or drinking water and the chemicals stay in the bloodstream for a lifetime. The chemicals are not regulated so municipalities are not required to test for them in their systems. Scott Faber, the senior vice president of the Environmental Working Group, said there are nearly 2,000 public water supplies in the U.S. that have some level of PFOS and PFOA.
We reported in 2020 that besides the chemicals, pesticides, and industrial poisons pumped and sprayed into the earth, water, air, and food, the Defense Department has cited 401 bases in the U.S. that release the firefighting foam-containing chemical perfluoroalkyls (PFAS), toxic chemicals that are in drinking water, in cities and suburbs across America… including some of the country’s largest metropolitan areas.
For well over two years, the mainstream media massively scared the hell out of the world’s population with its COVID War and the non-scientific risk factors.
Yet, there is little mention of extremely deadly PFAS levels in commonly used products as well as the deadly chemicals, pesticides, preservatives, artificial ingredients, and other deadly poisons massively injected into the air, earth, water, and what we eat and drink.