Environment & Energy Report

FDA Expands Efforts to Detect PFAS in Food

Jan. 27, 2020, 8:39 PM

The Food and Drug Administration is expanding its own capacity to test foods for certain “forever chemicals,” a senior agency official said Monday.

Expanded federal laboratory capability should help as the Department of Defense, states, and scientific researchers increase their testing of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) near military, industrial, and other sites with a history of having used the man-made chemicals.

The additional federal resources should also help state agencies dealing with suspected PFAS contamination in food. FDA’s test, adapted from PFAS tests the Environmental Protection Agency developed for drinking water, can detect 16 PFAS in four foods: bread,...

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