Saturday, January 28, 2006

Stain Resistant Products In Your Blood

Researchers have found that a number of stain-resistant products contain compounds that break down into a chemical that hurts lab animals. The full story can be found here.

Quick Summary:

  • A variety a stain-resistant products contain compounds that break down into perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).
  • PFOA is used to help make polymers that repel stains, keep grease in fast food wrappers, and improve hair-care products.
  • PFOA doesn't break down.
  • Lab animals have developed cancer and developmental problems after exposure to PFOA.
  • PFOA is not found directly in the products. Compounds break down to release it.
  • The EPA has asked 8 companies to cut down emissions of PFOA and chemicals that break down to form PFOA 95% by 2010.

My $0.02: If more people knew about this harmful chemical in their products, then there would be boycotts and a lot of complaints. This simply wouldn't be tolerated. Instead, most people are kept in the dark. I also note that there was no mention of the names of the companies that need to cut down their PFOA emissions. Coincidence? Definitely not.

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