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Minnesota's Poisoned Fish

Fish from a PFAS-contaminated lake is sold out of state. Caveat emptor - Let the buyer beware

The state allows pregnant women to consume high amounts of PFAS in fish

Invasive carp cause serious damage to native fish populations in the Mississippi River and the lakes and rivers throughout the Midwest because they out-compete native species for food and space. The fish are wild and thrash about as they sail through the air, sometimes smacking fishers in the face. The carp pose another more serious threat, however.

A crew of fishermen extracted more than 26,000 pounds of the carp from Lake Winona in Alexandria, Minnesota last month. The fish are on their way to be sold to fish markets on the east coast. It sounds like a good plan, except that the fish are likely to be contaminated with Perfluoro-octane sulfonic acid (PFOS), a particularly dangerous kind of PFAS. Three weeks after the fish were removed, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced it had found high concentrations of PFOS in fish from the lake.