❌ MYTH: TFA arises purely from manmade sources.
✅ FACT: Approximately 95% of TFA in the environment is naturally occurring.
There is significant research and published data on trifluoroacetic acid (TFA), but it’s often misinterpreted or selectively sourced to draw inaccurate conclusions.
In FACT CHECK: Setting the Record Straight on TFA, globalFACT debunks those myths using facts and data straight from the scientific community.
“Approximately 95% of TFA in the environment is naturally occurring. One significant known source is undersea hydrothermal vents (i.e. undersea volcanic activity), which give life to ecosystems deep in the oceans. These natural processes have been occurring over millions of years and have given rise to the presence of hundreds of millions of metric tons of TFA in the environment.”