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2008-07-23 18:00:30

By Kim Ode, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jul. 23--Eating fish, but wisely The Minnesota Department of Health has revised its fish consumption advisory to include information on a third contaminant (perfluorooctane sulfonate or PFOS) in addition to mercury and PCBs. But far from discouraging consumption, the department urges us to eat more fish -- one to two meals per week because they're a low-fat source of protein. The new advisory includes data from a variety of fish in more than 250...

2008-07-10 09:00:42

Question: Scotchgard contains perfluorochemicals, which have been in the news. I have Scotchgard on my children's mattresses. Can they safely sleep on these? Answer: It's probably safe to sleep on a mattress that was treated with Scotchgard, said Minnesota Health Department spokesman Doug Schultz. The worry with perfluorochemicals (PFC) is ingestion, not skin contact. Children would have to get it into their mouths. One way that might happen is as Scotchgard breaks down over time and...

2008-07-10 06:00:49

By Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jul. 10--THE LATEST: Continuing concern about possible contamination from chemicals produced at 3M's Cottage Grove facility has state health officials seeking volunteers for a study of perfluorochemical levels in residents near the plant and several landfills. BACK STORY: PFC-containing wastes were disposed in a number of landfills in the east metro and have seeped into the groundwater and contaminated numerous private wells and some municipal wells. 3M...

2008-07-09 15:00:34

By Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jul. 9--State health officials said today that they will soon begin recruiting participants in the east metro for a study that will try to measure how much perfluorochemicals (PFCs) are in their bodies. The 3M Co. produced PFCs at its Cottage Grove facility from the late 1940s until 2002. Common products that contain the chemicals include nonstick cookware, stain-resistant carpets and fabrics, firefighting foam and other industrial applications....

2008-06-30 21:02:32

By Susan Abram A debate about greasy fingers is getting a little sticky up in Sacramento. A state senator is proposing that California become the first state to ban a class of potential carcinogens used in some popcorn bags, pizza boxes and other grease-resistant food packaging. Scientists have found that when the paper packaging is heated - when popcorn is microwaved, for example - the substances known broadly as perfluorinated chemicals can break down into compounds that are...

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2008-02-19 18:59:57

The same chemicals that keep food from sticking to our frying pans and stains from setting in our carpets are damaging the livers and impairing the immune systems of loggerhead turtles"”an environmental health impact that also may signal a danger for humans. Jennifer Keller, a researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, S.C., reported on Feb. 16 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of...

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2006-01-26 06:16:04

PFOA, a suspected carcinogen, might be gone from most products by 2015 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Wednesday a voluntary program whereby makers of Teflon and other non-stick, stain-resistant products would cut back emissions of a suspected carcinogen, a byproduct of the manufacturing process. The companies would agree to reduce emissions of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, and slash its use in products by 95 percent by 2010, and then completely eliminate it by 2015....

2006-01-25 18:18:04

By Timothy Gardner NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. environmental regulators on Wednesday asked DuPont Co., 3M Co. and six other companies to voluntarily eliminate almost all the releases of a potentially hazardous compound used in nonstick cookware. Under what it calls a global stewardship program, the Environmental Protection Agency asked producers of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, to slash emission and product levels of it by 95 percent by 2010, based on levels in 2000. The compound...

2006-01-25 14:55:51

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. environmental regulators asked companies on Wednesday to voluntarily commit to reduce releases of a potentially hazardous compound used to make non-stick cookware by 95 percent by 2010. Under what it calls a global stewardship program, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking producers of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, to slash releases and levels of the compound in products by 95 percent, using 2000 as the basis year. It also encourages the...

2005-07-19 14:28:43

By Matt Daily HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two Florida law firms said on Tuesday they had filed class action lawsuits against DuPont Co., charging the giant chemicals producer hid the potential health hazards of its Teflon nonstick cookware coatings. The lawsuits, the first seeking class action status and lodged on behalf of consumers of Teflon against E.I. DuPont de Nemours Co., were filed by Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin PL and Oppenheim Pilelsky PA in federal courts in several states. The...


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