Plastic containers can contain PFAS, and it’s getting into food

March 8 2023, by Jessica Sieff In a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic containers—used for household cleaners, pesticides, personal care products and, potentially, food packaging—tested positive for PFAS. Credit: University of Notre Dame Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are adding to their list of […]

PFAS Litigation Begins ‘Tip of the Iceberg’ Turn Toward Insurers,

By Daphne Zhang “There are a lot of PFAS coverage claims, but not all that many coverage lawsuits yet,” said Scott Seaman, a Hinshaw & Culbertson partner who represents insurers. “We’re going to be inundated with a lot more cases.” Only three federal courts have ruled that insurers must pay for companies’ legal bills in […]

PFAS Update: European Chemicals Agency Publishes Proposal That Would Ban or Severely Restrict the Manufacture, Use and Marketing of Thousands of Broadly Used Man-Made PFAS Chemicals

In a move with potential signi cant future rami cations for companies conducting business in Europe, including U.S. and global businesses, authorities from Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden have submitted a regulatory dossier to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) proposing new restrictions aimed at signi cantly reducing the introduction of per-and poly uoroalkyl […]

Plastic containers can contain PFAS — and it’s getting into food

University of Notre Dame Researchers are adding to their list of consumer products that contain PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), a toxic class of fluorine compounds known as ‘forever chemicals.’ In a new study, fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic containers — used for household cleaners, pesticides, personal care products and, potentially, food packaging — tested […]

Top US smoothie company accused of deception after toxic PFAS discovered

Tom Perkins – Tue 14 Feb 2023 06.00 EST A new class-action lawsuit alleges US beverage maker Bolthouse Farms deceived customers with claims that its Green Goodness smoothie is made of “100% fruit juice” after testing found the drink contains toxic PFAS, a synthetic chemical, at levels far above federal advisory drinking water limits. PFAS are a […]

OMB Reviewing EPA Notice Weighing Additional PFAS For CERCLA Listings

EPA has sent for White House-led interagency review a draft Federal Register notice that will seek public input on whether the agency should consider designating additional per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), beyond just the two most studied chemicals, as Superfund “hazardous substances,” or even propose designating PFAS as a class. The Office of Management & […]

Is fluorinating polyethylene a health threat?

US EPA and environmental groups claim the process creates toxic PFAS Kyla Bennett is fed up with the pollution flowing into her house through its water pipes. “I can’t drink my water. I’m not supposed to shower in my water. And we’ve been waiting now two years for this filtration plant to come on line. […]

Locally caught freshwater fish across the United States are likely a significant source of exposure to PFOS and other perfluorinated compounds

Abstract Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, gained significant public and regulatory attention due to widespread contamination and health harms associated with exposure. Ingestion of PFAS from contaminated food and water results in the accumulation of PFAS in the body and is considered a key route of human exposure. Here we calculate the potential contribution […]

PFAS Update: 2022 Federal PFAS Regulatory Recap

As anticipated, 2022 was another eventful year for the regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) at the federal level.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) took significant actions under a range of different regulatory programs and environmental statutes, and touched on key issues related to drinking water, site evaluation and cleanup, NPDES permitting, […]

All-natural’ Simply Orange Juice has high toxic PFAS levels, lawsuit alleges

Coca-Cola claimed juice was healthy despite toxic ‘forever chemicals’ levels ‘hundreds of times’ above federal limits, suit says A new class-action lawsuit in the US alleges Coca-Cola and Simply Orange Juice deceived customers with claims of an all-natural, healthy product when the juice has been found to be contaminated with toxic PFAS at levels “hundreds […]