On September 20, 2017, Danish retailer Coop Denmark launched a campaign addressing the ‘cocktail effect’ of hazardous chemicals in everyday consumer products. In particular, the campaign focuses on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and bisphenols. Both substance groups comprise endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and are linked to health effects such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, impaired brain development and learning ability, anxiety and depression, impaired fertility, miscarriage, and weakened immune system. Prominent examples of PFASs and bisphenols include perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA, CAS 335-67-1), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS, CAS 1763-23-1), bisphenol A (CAS 80-05-7), and bisphenol S (BPS, CAS 80-09-1), all of which occur in consumer products such as food contact materials (FCMs).

Coop Denmark prepared a draft regulation proposing to ban all PFASs and bisphenols in FCMs and certain other consumer products. The retailer is asking the Danish population to endorse the draft regulation by emailing it to the country’s politicians. On its YouTube channel, Coop Denmark published a campaign video.

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Coop Denmark (September 20, 2017). “Coop vil have folketinget med i kampen mod farlig kemi.(in Danish)

Coop TV Denmark (September 19, 2017). “Lad os stramme kemikalie-lovgivningen | Nykemilov.nu.YouTube (in Danish)

ChemSec (September 20, 2017). “Coop Denmark calls on Danish authorities to ban bisphenols and fluorinated substances.

Chemical Watch (September 21, 2017). “Danish retailer urges ban on bisphenols and fluorinated substances in FCMs.