GenX in food High levels of contamination found in farmers honey

first_img The board took questions about GenX from people in the community Monday night.“The biggest challenge is the lack of information about some of these chemical compounds. And so we want to get our arms wrapped around it,” N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary, Michael Regan said.That is where the State Science Advisory Board comes in to play. The board was created to review the steps to take when dealing with emerging compounds like Gen-X.Related Article: China announces $60B of US goods for tariff retaliation“We’re trying to be very mindful to call our health goal a provisional health goal,” NC DHHS Health Director, Elizabeth Tilson said. “As we keep saying there’s very little health studies. This is really an emerging area. And the more we learn and the more we work with experts example like the Science Advisory Board the more health information we can bring in.”The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is also making sure Chemours is being held accountable.“There is more to this issue than permitting,” Regan said. “The CEO spoke eloquently about the cash flow for the company and the company’s overall health. And we hope that he sends the same signals in terms of concern for the health of people in North Carolina.”The biggest takeaways from the meeting, officials are looking at the current health goal and possibly making changes.One major bombshell during the meeting was the announcement that high levels of GenX were found in a farmer’s batch of honey. The farmer lives near the Chemours Fayetteville site and wanted to get his honey tested. Results showed GenX levels at 2,000 parts per trillion.The health standard is 140 parts per trillion, but that is for water. Experts are now evaluating the way the honey was tested.“However, you have to remember that a lot of the lab centers are set up for water so how that is in terms of testing honey it’s a very different substance,” Tilson said. “Not sure at all if those lab standards are relevate for honey versus water.”Tilson says the honey was stored in a container that may have GenX in it as well prompting a higher level. This also poses the question, what other items could be contaminated?“It’s not so much important in it’s own single entity. But the idea that is it possible that GenX is in other foods or people could have exposure to GenX in other than drinking water,” Tilson said. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A panel of experts is trying to get answers when it comes to GenX and how it is affecting you and your family.Monday afternoon, the state Science Advisory Board met at UNCW to hear the latest developments. WWAY was there during the public forum held at the Warwick Center.- Advertisement – The board’s next meeting is set for January 29.last_img read more