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Tue Jul 30, 2019, 09:01 AM

Blumenthal: Bottled water containing hazardous PFAS chemicals sold throughout Connecticut in July

Bottled water from Massachusetts containing hazardous PFAS was sold at stores throughout Connecticut this month, unbeknownst to consumers, demonstrating the need for federal regulations regarding the so-called forever chemicals, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Monday.

“The federal Food and Drug Administration has a statutory and moral responsibility to set limits on these kinds of chemicals found in food [products]," he said. “It’s failed to do so.”

Last month, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services tested the levels of PFAS within bottled water from Spring Hill Dairy Farm in Haverhill, Mass. — and found them to be about twice as high as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended limit, Blumenthal said.

While the EPA has set an advised limit of 70 parts per trillion for the chemicals, the New Hampshire agency determined the levels in the bottled water from the farm to be between 120 and 137 parts per trillion, and promptly alerted Massachusetts authorities, Blumenthal said.

Read more: https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-bottled-water-pfas-ma-farm-blumenthal-fda-standards-20190729-5of3gt4t2jg6pjcyqasmf45t6e-story.html

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