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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, describes a class of more than 4,000 chemical compounds that have been used since the 1940s for a wide range of consumer and industrial products. PFAS provide grease and water-resistance properties to clothing, shoes, and outerwear. They are also used in firefighting foam, electronics manufacturing, chrome-plating, paper manufacturing, and other consumer and industrial uses.
PFAS Fact Sheet
PFAS were an original component of flouorinated firefighting foams.Note: Not all foams contain PFAS.
Household products designed to be grease or water-resistant may contain PFAS.
Many fabrics designed to be water-resistant contain PFAS.
PFAS may transfer to food items that come into contact with coatings on food wrappers, packaging and bags.
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