Emergency ‘Do Not Eat’ advisory issued in Calhoun County


A fishmonger pulls tilefish for a buyer at the New Fulton Fish Market in New York on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. The U.S. seafood industry is worth $17 billion a year, more than 90 percent of which is made up of imports. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an emergency ‘Do Not Eat’ advisory today for all fish in Beaver Dam Pond and Helmer Creek in Calhoun County.

The advisory comes after high levels of PFOS were detected in fish in that area, but does not extend into the Kalamazoo River. PFOS is one specific PFAS.

Touching the fish or water and swimming in the pond or the creek is not considered a health concern as PFAS does not move easily through the skin.

An occasional swallow of pond or creek water is also not considered a health concern, but avoid foam that forms on the pond or creek because it may have higher amounts of PFAS and could be a health risk.

The state also provides further resources to learn about PFAS and eating safe fish.

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