"Exclusive: Move to categorise PFOA as linked to cancer in humans by World Health Organization ups pressure on UK government".
"A substance found in hundreds of drinking water samples across England has been categorised as carcinogenic by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The move will increase pressure on the UK government to take action on “forever chemicals”.
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is one of 10,000 or so chemicals within the family of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that are used in a wide range of products, from cosmetics to clothing and food packaging, as well as in industrial processes and in firefighting foams. PFOA and another member of the family, perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), have largely been banned, but remain in the environment because of their persistence. Studies have linked the PFAS family of chemicals to cancers, immunodeficiencies, reproductive harms and developmental effects in children. They are not easily metabolised by the body so build up in humans and animals over time."