Perchlorate (PERC) is a naturally occurring and man-made anion and is a powerful oxidizing agent. It is mainly used for propellants in rocket fuel as well as control static electricity in food packaging. Perchlorate may be accumulated into vegetables through water cycle and other parts in the environment. Perchlorate contamination in food and water has been found to be harmful for human health. Perchlorate is classified as a possible carcinogen. It may disrupt the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones. It has also been linked with lung toxicity and aplastic anemia.
People that are high in perchlorate can use a reverse osmosis water treatment system (or ion exchange) to remove the chemical from their water supply.
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