The recommendations contained within this guidance document apply to PFAS, in particular to PFCA and perfluoroalkyl sulfonic acids (PFSA), PFOSA, and selected substitutes in food and feed matrices. The recommendations may also be applied to other PFAS. The recommendations are designed to allow the monitoring of PFAS concentrations in food and feed as part of studies on:
- the establishment of current maximum levels of these contaminants,
- the establishment or maintenance of databases that may be used to recommend action levels and maximum levels,
- the exposure assessment of populations through dietary intake and assessment of risk,
- enforcement (once limits are established).
Other purposes could include studies on time trends and patterns in order to identify the source(s) of possible contamination particularly during incidents involving such contamination.