50,000 signatures: Create a national ban on PFAS

2022-11-29

In a short time, over 50,000 Danes have signed the Consumer Council Tænk’s proposal for a national ban on harmful PFAS substances. It should send a clear signal to the politicians about the need for action now, believes chairman Anja Philip.

Several problematic fluorine substances, which come under the term PFAS, have a number of extremely harmful effects on our health and the environment. This knowledge has been known since the 1960s, yet the substances are still used in a number of consumer products such as paint, dental floss, cosmetics, rainwear and kitchenware.

The EU Commission has announced a ban on PFAS, but it is not yet known if and when, if any, it will come. In the worst case, it can take years.

In just a few months, over 50,000 Danes have shown their support for getting the harmful substances out of consumers’ everyday lives as soon as possible by signing the Consumer Council Tænk’s proposal for a national ban. A proposal that is also supported by six of the country’s leading researchers in the field.

“It is really critical that, with all the knowledge we have about the substances, we still see new products on the market that contain PFAS. Politicians simply cannot listen to the researchers’ and consumers’ clear call for a national ban any longer. We have known about the consequences of the dangerous so-called ‘forever chemicals’ for six decades. Now action must be taken,” says Anja Philip, chairman of the Consumer Council Tænk.

PFAS are often used because of their water, dirt and grease-repellent properties, but the substances accumulate in our blood, liver and kidneys and cause, among other things, increased risk of elevated cholesterol levels, liver damage, cancer and miscarriage. But the unwanted substances have also spread to the environment around us. Most recently, greatly increased concentrations of PFAS have been found in sea foam off the West Coast, and this is in all probability not a geographically isolated problem. Recently, PFAS were also found in Danish rainwater.

“We can see in our testing of products that there are alternatives to the problematic substances, so it is out of place that consumers and our environment should continue to be exposed to the many fluorine substances. We must have the tap turned off as soon as possible, where we can, and therefore the politicians must not hesitate to adopt a rapid national ban on PFAS in consumer products,” says Anja Philip.

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Consumer Council Tænk, 29-11-22
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