Our recent, peer-reviewed study on PFAS in breast milk found that 100% of the breast milk samples tested contained toxic PFAS, and detections are doubling every four years!
The study shows that the PFAS currently being used in food packaging, clothing, and upholstery are in breast milk. Women and their babies are bearing the brunt of this pollution. Breast milk can’t be cleaned up once it’s polluted—prevention is the only reasonable option.
The Department of Ecology (Ecology) is currently working to identify alternatives for food packaging, carpet and rugs, leather and textile furnishings, and aftermarket stain- and water-resistance treatments (e.g., Scotchgard). Safer alternatives are feasible and available, and the agency can make this finding, required under the law, as long as it sets the bar at a reasonable level. In some cases, that may mean achieving performance in a different way—like using resistant materials, or tackling stains with safer cleaners.
Existing laws give Ecology the responsibility and authority to protect state residents from toxic chemicals like PFAS in products that threaten the safety of pregnancy and breastfeeding. Let’s set a high bar for protecting our health, and expect our state agency to lead the nation in banning these chemicals.
The only way to protect moms and babies from further exposure is to ban PFAS in these products.
Tell the Department of Ecology that toxic chemicals don’t belong in baby’s first food!
Will you ask state leaders to take stronger, swifter action against PFAS?
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