What are PFOA and PFOS and what are they used in?

  • Both are part of a larger group of man-made chemicals known as per- and polyflouroalkyl substances (PFAS).
  • These substances have been used for decades and resist heat, water, oil, grease and stains.
  • These compounds have been used for many decades in commercial products like firefighting foams and metal plating, and in common consumer items like fast food wrappers, candy wrappers, microwave popcorn bags, dental floss, cosmetics, paint, sealants, carpets, Gore-Tex®, Teflon®, and other consumer applications including 3M’s Scotchgard™.