What baby clam fans should know about the crown prince’s recall

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If you recently purchased clams, perhaps for chowder, stew, or ceviche like Simply Recipes suggests, you’ll want to take a second look at the label. The FDA announced that Crown Prince is voluntarily recalling its 3-ounce cans of Small Natural Smoked Clams in Olive Oil. This means that if you have the product, you can return it to the store for a full refund. Fortunately, according to the FDA, there have been no reported illnesses linked to the Crown Prince’s Small Natural Smoked Clams.

The FDA reported finding “detectable levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)” in the product. PFAS are chemicals linked to a long list of health effects of concern. The news comes shortly after the chemicals were also found in a Bumble Bee Foods product that was subject to a similar recall. According NPR, PFAS are a group of chemicals nicknamed “eternal chemicals” because they literally take forever to break down. This explains why they were found in drinking water, prompting an FDA warning. “Even our blood circulation” was affected. Although Chemicals Forever looks like something straight out of a futuristic horror movie, there are, thankfully, remediation strategies underway. An innovative strategy called Surface Active Foam Fractionation (SAFF) is used to separate chemicals from water or soil using bubbles and foam (via Waste 360). Hopefully this strategy or another comes to fruition, so that we can one day eat our baby clams in peace.

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