The Danish retailer Coop has announced a blanket ban on the sale of all cosmetics containing PFAS chemicals.
The ban encompasses all brands, including its own label products, with the retailer having informed all cosmetic and personal care suppliers that all products containing fluorinated substances will be discontinued with immediate effect. All affected products will be phased out by 9th September, 2019.
According to a company press release, fluorinated substances, known as PFAS, are suspected of harming humans, animals and the environment, with ailments associated including cancer, endocrine disruption, obesity, increased risk of miscarriage, weakened immune system, and inhibited growth in foetuses.
There is thought to be a general worldwide call to tighter regulations regarding the use of PFAS.
Malene Teller Blume, Quality Control Manager, Coop Denmark, said, “It is on the basis of a precautionary principle that we now prohibit PFAS in all cosmetics and care products including existing branded products. We have a great focus on protecting our customers from exposure to chemical substances that can contribute to a harmful cocktail effect. By taking the lead, we hope that the entire international beauty industry can be encouraged to find better alternatives”