Behind the lists of products with often unpronounceable names, a third of household products contain a significant amount of “potentially harmful” substances, assures the magazine 60 Millions de consommateurs in a report. special issue published Thursday.
The magazine studied the composition of 119 cleaning products from 52 brands purchased in April and July 2021, based on labels, ingredient lists published by manufacturers on their site and safety data sheets, which indicate the concentration of substances.
He then assigned each one a “Ménag’Score” to evaluate them on a scale from A to E, from “products to be used without reserve” to “products strongly discouraged, too many problematic substances”.
In total, 39 references are not recommended because they are rated D or E. They contain a significant amount of irritating or allergenic substances, such as certain perfumes, as well as substances “very harmful to health or to the environment”, some of which are suspected of being harmful to health. ‘be carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic for reproduction or to be endocrine disruptors.
“These products are not necessarily going to pose a problem for everyone, people with allergies, for example, will be more sensitive to them,” indicates Sophie Coisne, editor-in-chief of this special magazine. But manufacturers still have some work to do ”.
Beware of disinfectant wipes and deodorants
60 Million consumers especially invites you to be wary of disinfectant wipes for toilets and multisurfaces because 75% are rated D or E. The same goes for disinfectant sprays and deodorants, about half of which are not recommended by the magazine.
“You really have to look at the composition and not rely on the indications on the packages of the type eliminates 99% of bacteria or natural product”, estimates Sophie Coisne.
The “Ménag’Score” was developed by experts from the National Consumer Institute (INC) in 2019, on the model of the “Nutri-Score” in food, in order to assess the chemical risk of cleaning products for the environment and for health. It gives more weight in its calculation “to the most worrying components for human health and to the most concentrated ingredients”, specifies 60 million consumers on its site.
The institute launched a petition in August 2019 to request the affixing of this labeling on household products, which has collected more than 38,000 signatures. For its part, the government announced last May that it intended to launch a “Toxi-score” on household products in 2022 in order to assess their harmfulness.