Chemical Giants DuPont and Daikin hide dangers of ‘forever chemicals’ in food packaging

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Recent company studies reveal that DuPont and Daikin were well aware of the dangers of PFAS 6:2 FTOH on Humans

Of course after hiding the results from the FDA they still got approved, and the chemicals are currently in circulation in the USA.

So what are PFAS?

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other. The chemicals are very persistent in the environment and in the human body – meaning they don’t break down and they can accumulate over time. There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects. (taken from the EPA website)

What is 6:2 FTOH?

Is a short-chain type of PFAS.

What is its use?

PFAS have been around since the 1940s.

How can you be exposed to PFAS? Through the food you eat:

  • Food packaged in PFAS-containing materials, processed with equipment that used PFAS, or grown in PFAS-contaminated soil or water.
  • Commercial household products, including stain- and water-repellent fabrics, nonstick products (e.g., Teflon), polishes, waxes, paints, cleaning products, and fire-fighting foams (a major source of groundwater contamination at airports and military bases where firefighting training occurs).
  • Workplace, including production facilities or industries (e.g., chrome plating, electronics manufacturing or oil recovery) that use PFAS.
  • Drinking water, typically localized and associated with a specific facility (e.g., manufacturer, landfill, wastewater treatment plant, firefighter training facility).
  • Living organisms, including fish, animals and humans, where PFAS have the ability to build up and persist over time.

Yes Teflon contains PFAS. Read more about it here.

What are its effects on humans?

Turns out 6:2 FTOH is linked to an array of serious health issues: from kidney diseaese, liver damage, cancer, neurological damages, developmental problems, autoimmune disorders, and more.

Is it regulated elsewhere?

PFOS were agreed for international elimination under the Stockholm Convention in 2001—of which the EU is a signatory as well as other 132 countries… The US and Israel are yet to ratify the convention.

What happened with the 6:2 FTOH Dupont/Daikin case?

According to the EPA website the USA has been phasing out toxic PFAS known as “forever chemicals” in the last 20 years. However, some still get away from the FDA watch… the companies DuPont and Daikin told the FDA that 6:2 FTOH was safer than older types of PFAS, and witheld the studies that showed its adverse effects on lab rats.

But Daikin withheld a 2009 study that indicated toxicity to lab rats’ livers and kidneys, while DuPont in 2012 did not alert the FDA or public to new internal data that indicated that the chemical stays in animals’ bodies for much longer than initially thought.

Despite the now public knowledge of the chemical companies’ stealth actions, there have been no consequences.

How do we know about the studies?

The Environmental Defense Fund obtained the studies thanks to the Freedom Information Act requests.

The studies reveal that the FDA has known about DuPont’s hidden studies since 2015—after having approved the chemicals in 2010— yet has given the company 10 years to voluntarily phase out the chemicals.

I think people need to be able to rely on the FDA to turn science at the agency into real action, and right now that doesn’t seem to be the case

As of yet, Americans are still being exposed to toxic levels of PFAS in the form of 6:2 FTOH.

This begs the question: who does the FDA protect? Chemical companies or people?

Source: The Guardian

 

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