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Investigation of Novel Fluor Mop Adsorbent for Prevention and Remediation of PFAS contamination in Livestock

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2023-00804
Agency Tracking Number: 2023-00804
Amount: $175,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.3
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-009301
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-05-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-06-30
Small Business Information
1110 S. Innovation Way Drive S
Payne, OK 74074-1541
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alexa May
 (816) 678-1938
 alexa.may@weaver-labs.com
Business Contact
 Joel Roark
Phone: (405) 377-4322
Email: joel.roark@weaver-labs.com
Research Institution
 USDA ARS Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center
 
1616 Albrecht Boulevard N
Fargo, ND 58102-2765
United States

 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)
Abstract

Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are highly resistant to chemical/thermal degradation and arehydrophobic and oleophobic. Due to these properties they have been used for decades in productssuch as aqueous film-forming foams Teflon waterproof clothing and food packaging. The sameproperties that make them useful also cause them to be difficult to remediate and to bioaccumulatein livestock and humans. Currently there are no PFAS remediation tools for livestock producersbut it is estimated that 57000 sites in the US are contaminated and that the number will grow astesting increases. Contamination comes from many sources including water (surface or ground) andcontaminated biosolids for soil fertilization and have been found in poultry and dairy and beefcattle. To complicate remediation the half-life of many PFASs (6 months or more) often exceed theproduction lifetime of livestock. A practical on-farm PFAS remediation tool to prevent and/or treatPFAS contamination in animal products prior to harvest is to be developed by 1) determining theefficacy of Fluor Mop (FM) sorbent at remediating PFAS in tissues of contaminated laying hens byincorporating the material into feed at different dosages and analyzing the tissues and eggs and 2)determining the efficacy of dietary FM at preventing accumulation of PFAS in the edible tissues ofbroilers by feeding Fluor Mop silica based sorbent. These two objectives will give an idea of thedosage needed for PFAS removal and overall will improve the safety of end products derived fromagriculturally important animals in the preharvest environment.

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