Forever Chemicals in Pet Food Packaging
By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
Several pet food brands found at retailers contain these PFAS. Exposure to forever chemicals is linked to severe health concerns for people, including cancer, harm to fetal development, and reduced vaccine effectiveness.
PFAS can be found in the blood of almost every American, and tests reveal their presence in our pets, risking their health as well. It is nearly impossible to avoid PFAS because they are prevalent in our lives. Not only do we come into contact with these chemicals through the products they are used, but these items shed PFAS-laced dust that further contaminates our households and can pollute the air and water once disposed of in the trash.
As children ingest pollutants with tap water, play on lawns with pesticide residues, and breathe in indoor air contaminants, so do our pets. But with compressed life spans, many animals mature and age seven or more times faster than children. Pets also develop health problems from exposure much more rapidly.
To uncover the PFAS hidden in pet food bags, EWG commissioned an independent, certified laboratory to conduct tests for total fluorine on 11 bags of pet food from seven popular brands. Tests for total fluorine, usually stated in parts per million (ppm), indicate the likely presence of PFAS, but they do not show which PFAS are present.
Although research found PFAS in pet food bags, conclusive evidence has not been obtained that the chemicals had migrated from the packaging to the food itself. However, other research has established the potential for PFAS in packaging to contaminate food, putting families and their four-legged friends at further risk. Unfortunately, no pet food manufacturers have committed publicly to stop using chemicals in their packaging.
Voluntary action will only go so far as to lower the risk of pet food bags exposing people to PFAS at home.
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