MILWAUKEE – The levels of “forever chemicals” found in fish harvested from river streams and lakes across the United States, including the Great Lakes, are much higher than in commercially raised fish, according to a new study.

The peer-reviewed study, published in the Environmental Research journal, found that consuming freshwater fish harvested from urban areas 12 times per year could more than triple the level of PFOS – one of the most well-known and researched PFAS compounds – in residents of the U.S.

Researchers say the samples in this study actually show lower levels of some of the chemicals, which could be due to industry changes, but that it’s important for the EPA to issue guidance to the public about how to safely consume fish with ‘forever chemicals’ because they are so prevalent. 

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