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EU food agency defends ‘biased’ process for ‘forever chemicals’

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Group of non-governmental organisations criticises regulator while reporting detection of chemicals in food rose dramatically

The EU’s food safety agency has defended its processes for evaluating levels of what are sometimes referred to as ‘forever chemicals’, after being criticised by a group of non-governmental organisations.

On 27 February, Pesticide Action Network Europe published a report of an evaluation it carried out into detection of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in European fruit and vegetables. PFAS chemicals have a wide variety of uses in industry, including in pesticides and non-stick coatings, but have caused concern among some researchers and campaigners because they persist for a long time in the environment.

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