May 30, 2024 - News

Avoid foam, state says

Foam on a shoreline.

Foam on a shoreline. Photo: Courtesy of the state of Michigan

People visiting lakes and rivers this summer should avoid the foam that accumulates on shorelines or along dams because it could contain PFAS chemicals, Michigan's health department warns.

What they're saying: "Science tells us that the risk of PFAS entering your body through your skin is low, but you can accidentally swallow PFAS and other chemicals or bacteria if you do not rinse off or bathe after touching foam," Natasha Bagdasarian, state chief medical executive, said in a news release.

Go deeper: How to tell if foam may contain contaminants

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