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‘Concerning’ levels of forever chemicals found in UK fish

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‘Concerning’ levels of forever chemicals found in UK fish

Flounder, dab and plaice have been found to contain highly-persistent industrial pollutants.

Testing of “forever chemicals” in England’s wild fish has found high levels of an industrial pollutant that if eaten more than twice a year would exceed recommended EU safety guidelines.

Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of nearly 10,000 chemicals that are used in many household goods such as non-stick cookware, waterproof fabrics, personal care products and stain-proof coatings on carpets.

Data obtained by Watershed Investigations – a team of journalists investigating water issues, and shared with the PA news agency – shows contamination in flounder, dab and plaice throughout England’s river and coastal habitats, with the highest readings in the Thames, Mersey and Wyre.

Click here to view and download the fish data.

Watershed - Investigative Journalism