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Testing for a range of Per Fluorinated Compounds (PFC) in soil and water.

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Perfluorinated Compounds (PFC) are a group of synthetic chemicals that have been used in a variety of consumer and industrial applications for over 50 years – used in adhesives, cosmetics, cleaning products, and fire fighting foams. Some Per Fluorinated substances are Toxic, Persistent and Bio-accumulative; this by definition makes them hazardous substances.

There are major concerns relating to contamination of food by PFC’s. Livestock or crops may bio accumulate perfluorinated chemicals that are present in the air, water and soil. Perfluoronated substances do not readily degrade in the environment.

Exposure to certain PFC’s, in particular PFOS and PFOA, have been associated with various adverse health effects in laboratory animals, including immune, liver and thyroid function. 

The best-known and most widely analysed compound in this group is Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS). Recently, concern has also been expressed about other PFC compounds.

ALcontrol Laboratories has responded to this rising concern by expanding our testing services – we can now analyse 14 separate compounds, analysis can take place for both soil and water. Testing can be conducted with the full range of PFS or as PFOS and PFOA.

In both cases analysis is by Liquid Chromatography, coupled to Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer (LC-QQQ) for accurate identification and quantitation.

Limit of Determination (LOD) for most compounds is 1 ng/l in water analysis (includes PFOS and PFOA). All compounds have an LOD of 10 ug/kg for soil analysis.

Please contact hawardensales@alcontrol.com for more information.

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