Shaving with "Forever Chemicals"? BIC Hit with Class Action Over PFAS-Containing Razors

BIC shaving razors

Lawsuit Alleges BIC Razors Contain Harmful Chemicals Consumers Weren't Told About

Consumers are shaving with a side of controversy, as a class action lawsuit accuses BIC USA of failing to disclose the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in its razors. These "forever chemicals" are linked to various health concerns and persist in the environment, raising concerns about potential exposure.

BIC Accused of Hiding "Forever Chemicals" in Razors

The BIC razor lawsuit, filed in California, by Casina Butler and Benson Pai alleges that BIC intentionally uses PFAS in several of its popular razor lines, including:

  • BIC Sensitive Disposable Razors
  • BIC EasyRinse Disposable Razors
  • BIC Soleil Disposable Razors
  • BIC Flex Disposable Razors
  • BIC Hybrid Comfort Disposable Razors
  • BIC Comfort Disposable Razors

The complaint claims these razors contain PFAS on the lubricating coating of the blades, aiming to reduce friction and ease shaving. However, the lawsuit argues that BIC fails to inform consumers about the presence of these potentially harmful chemicals.

PFAS Linked to Health Risks

PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have been linked to a range of adverse health effects, including:

  • Cancers
  • Liver damage
  • Immunotoxicity concerns

The lawsuit emphasizes that even low levels of PFAS can be harmful due to their persistence and bioaccumulation in the body. It also calls attention to growing consumer awareness and demand for products free from harmful chemicals. Studies show a majority of shoppers are willing to pay more for healthier and safer options.

Growing Scrutiny on PFAS: State and Federal Action

The lawsuit notes recent efforts to address PFAS concerns:

  • In April 2024, the U.S. EPA established the first national drinking water standard for PFAS.
  • Eleven states have banned the intentional use of PFAS in food packaging as of May 2024.
  • Maine has a law prohibiting the sale of products with intentionally added PFAS, effective January 1, 2032.

Beyond Razors: PFAS Concerns Spread to Infant Formula and Other Products

Beyond razors, concerns are also rising about PFAS in infant formula. A recent class action lawsuit filed by California parents alleges that Enfamil products contain "forever chemicals" known as per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Independent testing reportedly found "dangerous levels of organic fluorine," a marker for PFAS, in several Enfamil products.

The BIC razor and the Enfamil lawsuits adds to a growing list of companies facing legal action over PFAS in their products. These include:

The BIC razor PFAS class action lawsuit seeks to represent all U.S. consumers who purchased the listed BIC razors within the applicable statute of limitations. It claims violations of California's consumer protection laws and seeks compensation for damages.

Case Details

  • Lawsuit: Casina Butler, et al. v. Bic USA Inc.
  • Case Number: 4:24-cv-02955-KAW
  • Court: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Plaintiffs' Attorney:

  • L. Timothy Fisher, Emily A. Horne and Ines Diaz Villafana (Bursor & Fisher PA)



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