PFCs are extremely stable and persistent in the environment and migrate easily. They have been found globally (even in remote locations) in water, soil and air, as well as in food, breast milk, umbilical cord blood, and human blood serum. They also concentrate in the food chain.
PFAS are a family of thousands of human-made substances – nicknamed “forever chemicals” because they do not break down in the environment – that have been widely used since the 1940s in a huge range of everyday consumer products and industrial processes.
The European Union is a step closer to restricting some uses of so-called "forever chemicals" next year, despite industry opposition.
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The Flemish Environment Agency (VMM) is planning to conduct a large-scale study into the presence of PFAS, synthetic chemicals proven to be dangerous to people’s health, in the region’s groundwater.