You shouldn’t have to be a chemist in order to go shopping but it is difficult to find reliable information about known product health concerns. Consumers want an answer to the simple question: “Is this product safe for me and my children?“
We all want easy access to safe and healthy products. The challenge is the lack of easy access to relevant and reliable chemical information about product ingredients.
The Swedish government and parliament have adopted 16 environmental objectives 9n 2015, one of which is a non-toxic environment by 2020. The aim is to protect human health and the environment from dangerous chemicals that are currently in use. This requires a major effort and new tools.
The Toxxscan service is driven by a database with an analytic protocol that interrogates known chemical health concerns on international databases. An algorithm provides a colour coded guideline to chemical ingredients maximising consumer choice and minimizing the risk of exposure to a chemical cocktail.
Pieter de Pous, policy director at the EEB, the European Environmental Bureau says: “Toxxscan may be an important complement to REACH that can bridge the gaps when EU policy is slow to do so.“
REACH is an EU-regulation, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.
Toxxscan is designed to scan a single ingredient or a barcode and colour-codes the results. When used in a device, for instance a smart phone, it can provide direct consumer access to the Toxxscan colour coded results. When completed, the Toxxscan Open Source database can be accessed online or licensed by producers, buyers, distributors or other organisations.
Users who want to know more can click on the link provided by Toxxscan, read the health concerns found in the publsied research and make an informed decision.
Chemicals with known health concerns pose a health risk due to accumulation in the body. This is of particular concern to small children who will continue to accumulate chemicals throughout life.
The Toxxscan database is a tool that helps consumers make safer choices and encourage producers to find alternative ingredients.
Toxxscan is an international project led by EnvirohealthMatters, an international non-profit organization based in Sweden and supported by The Alliance for Natural Health and The Ramazzini Institute. Toxxscan has been awarded an innovation grant by Swedish Almi Företagspartner and was developed with the Uppsala Innovation Center.
“Chemicals can be found in almost everything. Certain chemicals harm our lives and can be hormone disruptors (EDC). The challenge is knowing where they are. As a health care practitioner, I meet many people whose health has deteriorated due to harmful chemicals in their environment. That is why I am committed to realising the Toxxscan service.” Says Ingrid Franzon.
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