Toxic chemicals found in deer and fish are prompting health advisories in several parts of the country, especially warning hunters to avoid eating wild game.

Wildlife agencies have found high levels of PFAS – or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – that are often tabbed “forever chemicals” within deer in states including Michigan and Maine, where hunting buck this time of year is a regularity.  

PFAS are industrial compounds used in numerous products, such as nonstick cookware and clothing, and can negatively impact the environment. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched an effort last year to limit pollution from those chemicals because they’re linked to health problems such as cancer and low birth weight. In June, the EPA released new health advisories around PFAS in drinking water, too – and now over 20 states have proposed or adopted limits.

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