Emergency 'Do Not Eat' advisory issued in Calhoun County. Here's what to avoid

Posted at 8:47 AM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 09:29:26-04

CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — An emergency 'Do Not Eat' advisory has been issued for fish in Calhoun County due to high levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says.

All fish in Beaver Dam Pond and Helmer Creek in Springfield should be avoided.

Officials say Bluegill filets tested from Beaver Dam Pond were found to have high levels of PFOS. The fish were tested as a result of the state's PFOS and PFAS effort to address the contamination.

PFOS is one specific PFAS, officials say.

Touching the fish or water and swimming in the pond or the creek is not considered a health concern. PFAS do not move easily through the skin. An occasional swallow of pond or creek water is also not considered a health concern.

Avoid foam that forms on the pond or creek. Foam may have higher amounts of PFAS than the water and could be a health risk, especially if swallowed. It’s a good idea to wash after touching foam with PFAS.

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