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PFAS found in bottled waters on CT store shelves

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– We’ve been reporting for weeks about the fire fighting chemical that leaked into the Farmington River near Bradley Airport. PFAS is known to cause cancer and other health problems.

Now PFAS has been found in bottled waters on store shelves here in Connecticut. Staffers from Senator Richard Blumenthal’s office found 17 different brands of bottled water on store shelves throughout Greater Hartford, that were bottled prior to July 24th, the time that Spring Hill Farm Dairy in Massachusetts installed charcoal filter to remove PFAS last.

This is the water that Massachusetts public health officials have urged that pregnant women, nursing mothers and infants not consume. Brian Toal is an environmental health scientist with the Connecticut Department of Public Health and says the stuff is more than a danger pregnant women and infants adding, “It has shown affects on the immune system. It has shown in humans to affect cholesterol levels. It can affect thyroid hormones.”

In Connecticut, bottled water is not regulated by the Department of Public Health, but the Department of Consumer Protection. Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull saying, “The reality is that through the F.D.A. that a recall or other kind of situation would occur where these products would be taken off the shelves.”

The bottled waters contain nearly double the health advisory level for PFAS. It’s advised that it should be no more than 70 parts per trillion. This water contained 120 to 137 parts per trillion.

A list of water that was affected in the Bottled Water Consumption Advisory was placed on alert from spring water specifically from Spring Hill Farm Dairy, Inc. located in Haverhill, MA. This only affects water produced before July 24, 2019:

Sold in Massachusetts:

  • 365 Spring Water (Whole Foods)
  • Acadia Spring Water (Stop and Shop)
  • Best Yet Spring Water (convenience stores)
  • Cumberland Farms Spring Water
  • IGA Spring Water (various markets)
  • Ice Canyon Spring Water (CVS)
  • Food Club Spring Water
  • Market Basket Spring Water
  • Nature’s Pride Spring Water (Garelick Farms)
  • Oakhurst Spring Water (various markets)
  • Roche Brothers Spring Water
  • Shaw Spring Water
  • Spring Hill Spring Water (various markets)

Sold outside of Massachusetts:

  • Golden Flow Spring Water
  • Hy-Top Spring Water
  • Native Brands Spring Water
  • Pride Pure

WEB EXTRA: Sen. Blumenthal urges FDA for swift action after dangerous PFAS levels found in spring water sold in CT

Senator Blumenthal is requesting that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration set and enforce strong limits on allowable concentrations of per and polyflourinated substances in all drinking water adding, “Strong, enforceable limits, that’s what we’re seeking. They simply have no specific standards that are enforceable.”

The new charcoal filters that this Massachusetts bottler has installed, do effectively take the stuff out of the water. Just be sure the date on the bottle is after July 24th.

Governor Ned Lamont will meet with a recently formed inter-agency task force to produce a Connecticut PFAS action plan. They will work to find a way to deal with contaminating chemicals in the environment and drinking water.

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