Tracking hazardous chemicals from fast food wrappers

01 May 2017

Research teams from the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Medicine and the University of Notre Dame have developed a new method that enables researchers to radiolabel three forms of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances and track the fate of these chemicals when they enter the body.
This is a significant and timely advancement in identifying and tracking these PFASs and just last month were found to be used extensively in fast-food wrapping paper at many popular chain restaurants. The novelty of the newly designed method is that one of the fluorine atoms on the PFAS molecule was replaced with a radioactive form of fluorine (ScienceDaily, 29 March 2017).
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