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Brisbane River Fisho`s Given All Clear


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Fishers have been given the green light to return to waters around Brisbane Airport after toxic firefighting foam spilled from a Qantas hangar in April.

The latest results from the surrounding waters showed only eight of the 82 samples were at or above investigation trigger levels.

Environment Minister Steven Miles said the water quality remained within recreational water use guidelines, and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries had given fishers the all clear.

Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young said the health advice was that consumers should limit their consumption of seafood from the investigation area to two or three serves per week.

"This means the recommended weekly intake is two to three serves of 75 grams for children up to six years and two to three serves of 150 grams for the rest of the population," Dr Young said.

Mr Miles said Qantas would continue its tests as a safeguard following the government's month-long investigation.

"Perfluorinated chemicals are commonly found in the environment at low levels due to widespread use in consumer products over many decades," he said.

"The public is exposed to small amounts of PFAS in everyday life and they are found at very low levels in the blood of the general population around the world."

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