Lawmakers Hear Testimony Over P-FAS Contamination

Lawmakers hear testimony this week about what manufacturers of P-FAS chemicals knew about the dangers of their products.

Complaints have popped up in cases where P-FAS compounds are used as a flame retardant. They say the chemicals have contaminated groundwater, exposing rural communities to carcinogens. One witness told lawmakers he’s concerned for the U.S. food supply. He notified the FDA in recent years that a 2001 study by a P-FAS manufacturer confirmed elevated levels of the chemical in Alabama apples, ground beef from Florida, and Georgia milk, to name a few.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) followed up on these comments, saying this study should be a red flag to American consumers that the food supply may contain dangerous levels of these chemicals.