Environment: three questions on the “Toxi-Score” announced by Barbara Pompili
A new indicator will appear on our consumer products. “We are going to set up a Toxi-Score on household products”, announced the Minister of Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili, Friday, May 7 on franceinfo. A measure that takes place within the framework of the fourth national Health-Environment plan.
franceinfo comes back to this announcement and takes stock of what we know about this “Toxi-Score” which must arrive on the labels “from 2022”.
What is the objective of the Toxi-Score?
The idea of a Toxi-Score is not new and had already been proposed by associations a few years ago, in particular by the League against cancer in 2018 or by 60 million consumers. The latter proposed for his part a “Ménag’score”, that is to say “a simple and immediate labeling system based on scientific standards.” A necessity for the association which demonstrated in a survey that out of 100 household products tested, half must be judged as “dangerous, even very dangerous”.
In December 2019, the report of the information mission on endocrine disruptors present in plastic food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical containers, proposed the implementation of a Toxi-Score to raise awareness among consumers. This involves informing consumers through “a pictogram mentioning the suspected, presumed or proven presence of endocrine disruptors”. But also “to support the score of risk prevention measures to be taken by the consumer”.
For Claire Pitollat, co-rapporteur of the fact-finding mission, it is about enabling “the consumer to be quickly informed of the presence of dangerous chemical substances and more generally to regain control, so that the products are developed in a virtuous way. “An idea supported by the Minister of Ecological Transition. “The Toxi-Score, which would make it possible to know immediately whether we are dealing with a household product which is fairly neutral or whose scents are, on the contrary, dangerous, would be particularly appreciated by the consumer”, explained Barbara Pompili during her hearing in December 2019 before the Commission of Inquiry on the Evaluation of Public Environmental Health Policies.
What products are affected?
This Toxi-Score “concerns all household products”, indicates on Friday on Franceinfo the Minister of the Ecological Transition with an objective of simplification. “Today, the labels for these products are very complex. We don’t really know how to use it. You have to know at first glance whether you need to take precautions for use, for example put on gloves or ventilate the room ”, explains Barbara Pompili.
In November 2018, the National Cancer League recommended a Toxi-Score also for everyday products: cosmetics, clothing, decorative items or furniture.
What can this Toxi-Score look like?
The indicator should be based on the “Nutri-Score” model, this labeling system which classifies food products from A to E and from green to red, according to their nutritional value. The pictogram must be “very simple, very readable, accessible to each of our fellow citizens, appearing on each packaging and making it possible to know the degree of harmfulness with regard to the disruptors present, whether they are suspected, presumed or proven, based on the classification of ANSES “, explained Laurianne Rossi, co-rapporteur of the fact-finding mission on endocrine disruptors.