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Toxic 'forever chemicals' found in Michigan farm's beef

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Advisory from MI Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Advisory from the MI Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

MICHIGAN (Associated Press with Christine Winter) - Officials say beef produced at a small Michigan farm was found to contain toxic "forever chemicals.”

A state advisory says a PFOS compound was detected in steaks and roasts from Grostic Cattle Co. in Livingston County.

It says customers either purchased the product directly from the farm, Hartland Farmers Market, or meat trailer located in the parking lot of the Rural King in Hartland. 

The state says the beef was also sold to some Great Start Readiness and Head Start programs in the Livingston County schools. It says the schools have been notified and stopped using the beef. 

Investigators say the contamination came from cattle feed that was fertilized with wastewater plant biosolids containing the compounds. They say Grostic Cattle Co. has cooperated with the state’s investigation.

PFAS chemicals are found in a host of industrial and consumer products. They've been linked to a variety of health problems.

They are known as “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in the environment or the human body.

Click here to read the advisory. 

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