Detecting chemicals by barcode

03 December 2012


BERLIN. Harmless or toxic? Detecting chemicals by barcode. Under the REACH regulation, traders and producers are obliged to inform about whether and to what extend a product contains hazardous substances, if requested. For consumers it has now become easier to get this information for everyday products.

Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) and the German Federal Environmental Protection Agency (UBA) have developed an online form where the number on the bar code of a product can be entered. The query is automatically forwarded to the producer, who have to answer within 45 days, if there are substances of very high concern contained or not.

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