Archives of Toxicology

, Volume 82, Issue 1, pp 57–59 | Cite as

Perfluorinated compounds (PFC) hit the headlines

Meeting report on a satellite symposium of the annual meeting of the German Society of Toxicology
  • Peter H. RoosEmail author
  • Jürgen Angerer
  • Hermann Dieter
  • Michael Wilhelm
  • Detlef Wölfle
  • Jan G. Hengstler
Meeting Reports
Recently, agricultural land in the rural area Sauerland in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, has been contaminated with perfluorinated compounds (PFC) (Kraft et al. 2007). Industrial waste containing mainly perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) has been illegally manufactured into a so-called “soil improver” by a recycling company and disseminated by farmers, leading to increased levels of PFOA after leaching into surface raw water for drinking water production (Fig.  1). Irrespective of this headline-catching incident PFC represent a group of emerging chemicals of concern (Table  1). An increasing number of studies show that humans are exposed to a large number of PFCs (Kärrman et al. 2007; So et al. 2007). PFOA and PFOS, the two most important PFCs in the environment, are auxiliary substances for the industrial production of perfluorinated polymers. These are widely used for non-stick coatings for instance on cooking pans and stain repellent coatings on items such as fast-food packaging,...


Tolerable Daily Intake Contaminate Drinking Water PFOA Concentration Perfluorooctanoic Acid Drinking Water Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter H. Roos
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jürgen Angerer
    • 2
  • Hermann Dieter
    • 3
  • Michael Wilhelm
    • 4
  • Detlef Wölfle
    • 5
  • Jan G. Hengstler
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Arbeitsphysiologie an der Universität DortmundDortmundGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Arbeits-, Sozial- und Umweltmedizin der Universität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany
  3. 3.UmweltbundesamtBerlinGemany
  4. 4.Abteilung für Hygiene, Sozial- und UmweltmedizinRuhr-Universität BochumBochumGermany
  5. 5.ToxicologyBundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR)BerlinGermany

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