Coop Denmark, which operates major supermarkets such as Super Brugsen, Irma and Fakta, has launched a campaign on ‘cocktails’ of hazardous chemicals in consumer products, and urged the Danish government to ban per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and bisphenols in food contact materials, the Zurich-based Food Packaging Forum said.

On September 20, 2017, Coop Denmark launched a campaign addressing the ‘cocktail effect’ of hazardous chemicals in everyday consumer products, in particular, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances 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), bispheonol 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.