1 PFAS is a huge family of fluorinated hydrocarbons
There are at least 4,730 forms of per- and polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS) according to the OECD. Some are stain- and water-resistance agents, while others were once used in fire-fighting foams.
2 They are nicknamed ‘forever chemicals’
PFAS degrades so slowly in the environment that it in effect lasts forever.
3 Exposure is linked to several health conditions
The largest epidemiological study ever undertaken for a chemical, arising from litigation against manufacturer DuPont in the US, found “probable links” to high cholesterol, chronic kidney, liver and thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, liver disease, osteoarthritis, thyroid disease and pregnancy-induced hypertension, alongside testicular and kidney cancer.