According to an editorial in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, May 1 pizza boxes and household dust containing industrial chemicals that damage health and the environment. Environmental scientists have warned strongly about this danger.
200 scientists from 38 countries have signed the editorial, “The Madrid Declaration”. This editorial requires restriction known as PFACs and alternatives without any extensive tests on chemicals safety.
“research is needed to find safe alternatives to all existing uses of PFAS,” explained Linda Birnbaum, Department of Health and Human Services Phillippe Grandjean, University of Southern Denmark and the School of Public Health at Harvard, United States.
“The question is, should follow these chemicals to be used in consumer products, meanwhile, given its persistence in the environment?”
widespread and deadly
PFAS, or perfluorinated alkylated substances, commonly known as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl, are widespread in the modern world. Its use is to repel water and oil in products such as pizza boxes, wax pastry bags, beverage cups, wax paper and carpet treatments. They are widely used because they increase the resistance to the products’ at high temperatures.
Unfortunately, PFAS easily end up in food and dust in the air. These chemicals also are emitted through industrial applications and foam off the fire down. PFAS migrate from these sources and end up in the water and soil, thus multiplying the sources of exposure.
According to “The Madrid Declaration”, animal studies have found a strong connection between PFAS and health problems such as liver toxicity, dangerous changes in lipid metabolism, and problems with immune, endocrine and neurological system.
Scientists have also confirmed that these chemical can cause tumors, behavioral toxicity and death in babies.
According to the results of human epidemiological research, PFAS also associated with testicular and kidney cancer, ulcerative colitis, poor immune response, decreased hormone levels, delayed puberty, obesity , low birth weight, high cholesterol, hypothyroidism and improperly functioning liver.
Studies suggest that PFAs should also be considered as persistenr organic pollutant, or POP. This means they are able to resist environmental degradation and eventually bioaccumulate in tissues both in humans and animals. These chemicals have been found in humans and animals worldwide.
“The Madrid Declaration” explains that during degradation, PFAS decompose resistant to degradation perfluorinated toxic chemicals.
replacement chemicals are also toxic?
“The Madrid Declaration” is the end result of decades past to show the harmful effects of PFAS. Yes, the popular Teflon nonstick coating is now made of PTFE-based toxic chemical fluoride, it was for the first time from SPDC . The formulation of the toxic layer was suspended due to the evidence that had been associated fall arrest and cancer.
In 2005, DuPoint, Teflon Maer, was fined $ 16.5 million to the Agency for Environmental Protection. This came as a result of its policy of concealing the evidence of toxic chemicals for years.
Other PFAS chemicals are also in the process of replacement, but according to “The Madrid Declaration”, these alternatives may be as toxic as the original chemical, which is absolutely no improvement.
“Although some of the PFAS long chain are being regulated or progressive, the most common replacements are short chain PFAS with similar structures or fluorinated compounds with segments linked by ether linkages,” explained .
The statement warns that these toxic alternatives could even increase the content of toxic perfluorinated chemicals in articles and the environment we all in general. Its adoption could be much worse, if the alternatives are ineffective and is used in large quantities.
“The Madrid Declaration” called on the world community to “take measures at international level to reduce the use of PFAS in products and prevent their replacement by fluorinated alternatives in order to avoid long-term damage to human health and the environment “
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