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Per - and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of over 4,700 human-made substances that are used in a wide range of products such as lubricants, cosmetics, surfactants, firefighting foams, non-stick cookware, food packaging materials, repellents (for dirt, water, and grease), and textiles (carpets, furniture, and clothing). New PFAS are continually being developed and notified to the Government of Canada.
Adverse environmental and health effects have been observed for well-studied PFAS [perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids (LC-PFCAs), and their salts and precursors] and they have been shown to pose a risk to the Canadian environment. In Canada, PFOS, PFOA, and LC-PFCAs (and their salts and precursors) are prohibited through regulations; however, scientific evidence to date indicates that the PFAS used to replace regulated PFOS, PFOA, and LC-PFCAs may also be associated with environmental and human health effects.CONTINUE READING ON: www.canada.ca
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