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"Forever chemicals" potentially hazardous to human health found in Florida oysters

In Florida, oysters are packing more than pearls – they're also filled with toxic chemicals.

Researchers from Florida International University published a new study on Wednesday that the mollusks from Biscayne Bay, Marco Island and Tampa Bay have contaminants known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAs) and phthalate esters (PAEs). PFAs are manmade chemicals that don't break down in the environment. They've been found in a range of industry goods, including cosmetics and non-stick cookware.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, PFAs have been found in the blood of both people and animals across the world, and said that studies show that some forms of PFAs could be linked to "harmful health effects" in both humans and animals.


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