ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (AP) – Maryland recommends that people limit their consumption of certain fish in Piscataway Creek in Prince George County due to PFAS contamination.
The Baltimore sun reports it is the first time that the State publishes such an opinion. This is because of the high levels of a chemical compound known as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances in seafood.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has determined that prolonged exposure to certain PFASs may increase the risk of health problems. They include problems with the development of the fetus during pregnancy, as well as cancer, damage to the immune system, or damage to the liver, thyroid or other organ systems.
For Piscataway Creek, the Maryland Department of the Environment recommends that adults and children eat no more than one meal per month of red crappie.
Adults should have no more than three meals per month of Brook Largemouth Bass, and children should not eat more than two meals per month with fish. Finally, children should not eat more than seven meals per month of yellow creek bullhead.
The ministry says following its findings, it plans to monitor fish elsewhere in the Potomac River watershed from this fall to next fall.