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GOTHENBURG – For the first time ever, perfluorinated chemicals, or PFAS for short, will be included on a list of potentially toxic chemicals global brands and retailers are encouraged to avoid in their supply chains. PFAS are widely used in industry and, in apparel, are used to provide repellency properties to outdoor clothing.

Currently there are several thousand different PFAS in use all over the world. These will now be included in the SIN list, which is produced by the international chemical secretariat, ChemSec. A compilation of more than 900 potentially toxic chemicals, this is the first update to the list for five years.

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