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Title:Total Fluorine Analysis to Screen for PFAS in Personal Care Products
Author(s):Peaslee, Graham; Eastman, Emi; Linton, Brieana; McCarthy, Mallory; Gonzales, Alec; Wilkinson, John; Majumdar, Ashabari; McGuinness, Sean
Subject(s):PFAS
per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances
Abstract:A series of commercially available personal care products have been screened for the presence of fluorine, as a surrogate for the presence of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS). The novel total fluorine method used is Particle-Induced Gamma-ray Emission (PIGE) spectroscopy, which has been previously used in prevalence studies of PFAS in consumer goods such as food packaging and textiles. As in other industries, a significant fraction of personal care products was found to contain large quantities of total fluorine, although because of the presence of some inorganic fluoride compounds used in cosmetics (synthetic mica, for example), it is more difficult to distinguish which products use PFAS. However, an organofluorine analysis was performed as well as traditional LC-MS/MS measurements to identify likely PFAS compounds present. Preliminary data about the two forms of personal care products that are likely to represent significant PFAS exposure risks to the wearer (water-proof mascara and water-proof lip-stick) will be presented.
Issue Date:2019-05-21
Series/Report:2019 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference (ECEC19)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/103973
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-05-31


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