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Information about PFOS and PFOA

Information about PFOS and PFOA

Issues of chemical safety and environmental responsibility are the subject of increasing public interest. Government agencies in the U.S. and around the world are studying many compounds to determine the safe levels of these materials in the environment to protect human health. In recent years about 200 compounds, both man-made and other chemicals, have been found in the blood stream of the general population (according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control data).

3M created this website primarily to address two compounds currently being reviewed.  These compounds are known as perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluororooctanoic acid (PFOA).

“In more than 25 years of medical surveillance we have observed no adverse health effects in our employees resulting from their exposure to PFOS or PFOA. This is very important since the level of exposure in the general population is much lower than that of production employees who worked directly with these materials.”
- Larry Zobel MD, MPH, 3M Medical Director

Since 3M at one time was a leading manufacturer of PFOA, PFOS and PFOS-related products, we have created this web site to answer your questions and provide links and references to information resources independent of 3M.