Lawsuit Investigation: Do Your Feminine Wipes Contain Toxic PFAS Chemicals?
Last Updated on February 27, 2023
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At A Glance
- This Alert Affects:
- Anyone who purchased any of the feminine wipes listed on this page.
- What’s Going On?
- Attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to suspect that these wipes may contain chemicals known as “PFAS.” They are now looking into whether a class action lawsuit can be filed on behalf of consumers who purchased the wipes in question.
- What Are PFAS?
- The term PFAS refers to a group of 9,000+ manmade chemicals that are used in a wide range of industrial and consumer products for their ability to resist heat, water and more. Exposure to PFAS has been linked to certain types of cancer, reproductive effects and increased cholesterol levels.
- How Could a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
- A class action lawsuit, if filed and successful, could help consumers get back some of the money they spent on the wipes. It could also force the manufacturers to remove certain advertising claims and even implement changes to their manufacturing processes.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a class action lawsuit can be filed on behalf of consumers who purchased any of the following products:
- The Honey Pot Company’s Sensitive Feminine Wipes
- The Honey Pot Company’s Cucumber Aloe Wipes
- Always Refresh Cleansing Wipes
- Always Fresh and Clean Feminine Wipes
They have reason to suspect that the wipes may contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of manmade chemicals that have been linked to the development of certain types of cancer, reproductive effects and more. Now, attorneys are investigating whether one or more lawsuits can be filed against the manufacturers for the way they advertised the products to consumers.
What Are PFAS and Why Might They Be in Consumer Products?
PFAS are a large group of manufactured chemicals that are widely used in both industry and consumer products for their ability to resist heat, oil, water, grease and stains. Indeed, PFAS have seemingly been discovered in everything from fast-food packaging and dental floss to raincoats and cosmetics.
Commonly referred to as “forever” chemicals, PFAS do not break down in the environment and can persist in the human body for years. PFAS can enter the body through inhalation, ingestion and even skin contact, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry states that “most people” in the United States have PFAS in their blood.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, certain levels of PFAS exposure may lead to decreased fertility, high blood pressure in pregnant women, interference with the body’s natural hormones and an increased risk of certain cancers, including kidney cancer.
How Could a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could give consumers a chance to get back some of the money they spent on these products.
Attorneys believe consumers would not have bought the wipes – or at least wouldn’t have paid as much – had they known the products could potentially contain undisclosed PFAS chemicals.
Further, a class action lawsuit could force the companies to change their manufacturing processes to help ensure PFAS are not being added to their products. Also, a successful case could result in an order requiring the manufacturer to remove or change certain advertising claims – including ones that suggest the products are naturally derived, contain only “good” ingredients or are, in general, “gentle,” “simple” and “safe.”
This is not the first time feminine wipes have come under fire for potentially containing harmful chemicals. Some brands have been called out for using parabens, preservatives and harsh fragrances in their products. Additionally, doctors and consumers alike have questioned whether feminine wipes are safe for use amid concerns that the products can disrupt the vagina’s natural bacterial balance.
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