The monthly "60 million consumers" pleads on Tuesday for a better identification of toxic substances or dangerous for the environment on the packaging of household products, petition to support.


The magazine 60 million consumers launches Tuesday the idea of ​​an equivalent to the label Nutriscore for household products. The Nutriscore label already classifies products according to their nutritional value from the letter A to the letter E, with a color code that goes from green to red. Consumers could now spot at a glance the most dangerous foams, soaps or detergents for human health or the environment, with the Menag'Score label. "This is an assessment, made by our experts, of the chemical risks to the health and the environment of these products", explains Europe 1 Benjamin Duriez, Assistant Editor to 60 million consumers .

"You have to be a chemist to understand everything"

It's hard to know today whether a furnace cleaner or a multi-surface cleaning cream is a little or very dangerous just for the user. Manufacturers are not required to list the complete list of ingredients on household products.

"Today it is impossible to have a complete list of the composition of products when we are in stores," says Benjamin Duriez. "Even though the full list is available online, it's hard to know if a product is at risk for allergies and you really have to be a chemist to understand everything," he continues. You should know that a substance can even have up to 28 synonyms.

So to avoid skin diseases, respiratory tract irritation, or potentially carcinogenic products, 60 million consumers propose labeling on the Nutriscore model: "We classify the products of the letter A to E in a color-coded way. that consumers know: greens are the most virtuous and reds are not. "

Ecolabeled products not always well rated

Beware, not all ecolabelled products are very well rated: "There are eco-labeled products that are classified with the letter C and it's quite surprising," says the editor of the association.

Petition: "We urge consumers to support this proposal, and the more we call for this simplified labeling system, the more likely it is that they will be taxed.

Benjamin Duriez concludes by giving some advice and products to avoid: "There are products to avoid such as disinfectants that contain problematic substances.You can also avoid products that claim to be very powerful. produtis to clean the toilet. "