German App Clarifies the Spread of Per- and Polyfluorinated Substances (PFCs)

The German Environment Agency has published an app (PFC-Planet) that highlights the problem of per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFCs). The app shows how the substances enter the environment and the food chain, what the consequences for us are, and what we can do about it. Video, animated graphics, and short, informative texts give users a quick overview. Users can also test their knowledge with a quiz.

Because PFCs are highly resistant to heat, stains, grease, and water, they are used in a wide variety of products, including textiles, paper, and extinguishing agents. The crux of the problem is that PFCs enter human beings in food or through the air and accumulate in the body. They are persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic. The most familiar include perfluorinated carboxylic acid (PFCA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (conjugate base perfluorooctanesulfonate: PFOS). As of July 4, 2020, PFCA may not be manufactured or marketed in the EU. For more information, please see our blog.

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