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At Source Partners, we are committed to providing consumers with accurate and reliable information about the safety of ingredients in food, personal care, household cleaners, and cosmetics. We understand the importance of knowing what we put in and on our bodies, and that’s why we have curated a list of unsafe ingredients.
To ensure that our database is credible, we have conducted extensive research and cross-referenced our findings with several reputable government orgs and nonprofits. These sources include:
- Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a coalition of nonprofit organizations that advocates for the use of safer ingredients in personal care products. They aim to raise public awareness about the potential dangers of chemicals in cosmetics and promote safer alternatives.
- IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer): IARC is an agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) that specializes in cancer research. Their mission is to coordinate and conduct research on the causes and prevention of cancer.
- NTP (National Toxicology Program): NTP is a federal program that is part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Their focus is on testing chemicals for toxicity and conducting research on the health effects of exposure to these substances.
- NIOSH (The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health): is a federal agency that is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They conduct research and provide guidance on the potential health hazards of chemicals in the workplace. NIOSH also provides information on the safe handling and use of chemicals to prevent exposure and reduce the risk of occupational illnesses. Under NIOSH is the Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS).
- Cancer.org: The American Cancer Society is a nonprofit organization that provides information and support to people affected by cancer. They conduct research and provide education about cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment.
- EWG.org: The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit organization that focuses on environmental health issues. Their mission is to empower people to live healthier lives by providing information about the potential health effects of chemicals in consumer products, food, and the environment.
- Pubmed Central: Pubmed Central is a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. It provides access to articles published in peer-reviewed journals that cover a broad range of topics, including toxicology and cancer research.
- California’s Prop 65 database: Proposition 65 is a California law that requires businesses to provide warnings about significant exposures to chemicals that can cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. The Prop 65 database lists chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.
- EFSA: The European Food Safety Authority EFSA is a European Union agency responsible for assessing risks to human and animal health related to food and feed. They provide scientific advice and recommendations to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and member states.
- FDA: The Food and Drug Administration FDA is a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services responsible for regulating food, drugs, and medical devices. They oversee the safety of food and cosmetics sold in the United States.
- US EPA: The United States Environmental Protection Agency EPA is a federal agency that protects human health and the environment. They regulate the use of chemicals and conduct research on the potential health effects of exposure to these substances.
- FEMA (Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association): FEMA is an international organization that evaluates the safety of flavoring ingredients used in the food industry. They conduct research, develop safety standards, and provide guidance on the safe use of flavorings.
- ECHA (European Chemicals Agency): ECHA is a European Union agency responsible for the implementation of the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) regulation. They assess the risks posed by chemicals and provide information to ensure their safe use.
- ECETOC (European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals): ECETOC is a nonprofit organization that conducts research and provides scientific advice on the potential risks of exposure to chemicals.
- EMA (European Medicines Agency): EMA is a European Union agency responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision, and safety monitoring of medicines used in the European Union. They evaluate the safety of active pharmaceutical ingredients used in medications.
- SCOGS (Select Committee on GRAS Substances): SCOGS is a committee of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that evaluates the safety of substances that are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) for use in food.
- SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety): SCCS is a European Union committee responsible for evaluating the safety of cosmetic ingredients. They provide scientific advice and recommendations to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and member states.
- FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations): FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is responsible for international efforts to eliminate hunger and promote sustainable agriculture. They provide guidance on the safety of food additives and contaminants.
- NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council): NRDC is a nonprofit organization that works to protect the environment and public health. They conduct research and provide advocacy on issues such as climate change, air and water pollution, and toxic chemicals. NRDC has conducted research on the potential health effects of chemicals in personal care products and food, and they provide guidance to consumers on how to reduce their exposure to these substances.
- OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Occupational Chemical Database: The OSHA Occupational Chemical Database provides information on the potential hazards of chemicals in the workplace. The database includes information on the physical and chemical properties of chemicals, their potential health effects, and safe handling and use.
By consulting these credible sources, we have ensured that our database of unsafe ingredients is based on scientific research and recognized by reputable organizations.
Our commitment to providing accurate and reliable information is reflected in our thorough research and vetting process. We believe that by empowering consumers with knowledge about the safety of ingredients in the products they use, we can all take steps to promote a healthier and safer environment for ourselves and future generations.
At Source Partners, we make this information easily accessible to consumers through the Supermarket App Pro, so that they can make informed decisions about the products they buy. We believe that everyone deserves the right to know what they’re putting in and on their bodies, and we’re proud to provide that information in a transparent and credible way.