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EU Agency Slashes Levels of Safe PFAS Consumption in Food, Drink

Sept. 17, 2020, 3:22 PM

The European Food Safety Authority has cut the threshold for the amount of so-called forever chemicals that the human body can safely absorb from food and drink.

People should ingest no more than 4.4 nanograms—or 4.4 parts per trillion—of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) per kilogram of body weight, the agency announced Thursday.

The new levels override the authority’s previous limits for two PFAS substances, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), of 13 and 6 nanograms respectively.

Lowering the levels can serve a guide for EU lawmakers and leaders in members nations to use to “inform the measures to ...

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