Don’t Be a Human Guinea Pig!!

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Would you volunteer your health and that of your loved ones (especially your children) to be experimental subjects for your favorite brand? Most consumers would not respond to this question with a mere NO, but an affirmative HELL NO. But the truth of the matter is, if you consume formulated packaged goods, you are an unwitting HUMAN GUINEA PIG.

Consider this………

When you purchase your favorite brand (think of your personal care products, packaged foods, household goods, etc.), you assume that your government (the FDA) has ensured that every chemical ingredient in its formulation has been tested for health safety, but your assumption would be wrong. With very few exceptions, the FDA does not mandate that chemical ingredients used in consumer product be proven to be safe before it is sold, but rather, to be “Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS)”. What this means is that expensive laboratory experiments needed to determine the safety of the product is differed to less expensive and compliant subjects, the consumer. Therefore, when you consume these products, brand manufacturers are on the lookout for safety complaints from enough users before they decide to do something if anything at all (talc powder is still on shelves today despite J&J own data linking it with health risk).

This is not a trivial point. Lead, mercury, Vinyl chloride, Chloroform, Methylene chloride, triclosan etc., were once considered GRAS, till causal harm to health (including cancers, birth defects, endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity, respiratory distress, etc.) were linked to their exposure, compelling the FDA to ban them. Of the over 1000 chemical ingredient determined to pose health risk today, the FDA have only banned 11 (by comparison the EU have banned over 1300). This implies that US consumers (especially children) are the guinea pigs for these untested chemical ingredients, and most health issues that arise later in life are never linked to prolonged usage of these products.

Now, the central question from the consumer’s perspective is, how can shoppers avoid brands with questionable chemical ingredients, and what are the cleaner alternatives?

Redify app is how. You just scan barcodes and know instantly if the product contains toxic ingredients and their cleaner alternative.


28 Comments. Leave new

  • Concerned Citizen
    June 18, 2023 2:38 pm

    Horrifying and concerning piece, thank you Redify. Can we force the US government to use European safety standards?

    • Thank you Concerned Citizen for your comment. I’m not sure what the legal answer is on how to force the FDA to adopt European safety standards, but I suspect that it begins with electing congressmen and congresswomen who share your concerns.

      But till then, you have to protect yourself and your love ones by scanning your products with Redify.

    • Thank you, and please spread the awareness of Redify.

  • Thank you for raising awareness about the potential risks associated with consumer products and the need for transparency.

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    • Thank you for your kind words Roderick, and please spread the awareness.

      Don’t forget to keep scanning product barcodes with Redify to avoid the ones with toxic ingredients, and smash the Advocate button for products with toxic ingredients (CHCs).

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  • Victoria Mavarez
    July 18, 2023 1:43 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with the message of this blog post! As consumers, we often find ourselves unknowingly acting as human guinea pigs when it comes to the products we use daily. That’s why platforms like Redify are crucial in promoting ingredient safety and empowering us to make healthier choices.

  • Arianne Pryce
    July 18, 2023 6:47 pm

    It really is scary that this is something that is legal in our country. That is why apps like Redify is so important. With the ability to find toxic free, chemical free, safer alternatives we no longer have to subject ourselves to being guinea-pigs for big corporations and instead embrace clean living.

  • Nicole Izquierdo
    July 18, 2023 10:03 pm

    YES! To build consumer trust and guarantee public safety, the FDA MUST be open with consumers. Knowing that the FDA has carefully reviewed and approved the products they use, transparency enables consumers to make knowledgeable decisions about the products they use. I know for a fact that I will no longer use a product that causes more harm then good, and that’s what the government wants to avoid. The FDA gives people the power to take control of their health and well-being by making information on product testing, potential dangers, and safety requirements plain and easily accessible. Transparency also improves accountability by enabling the general public to hold the FDA and manufacturers responsible for any slip-ups or problems that may occur. Stronger relationships between regulatory bodies and the people they serve are created by open communication between the FDA and consumers.

  • Michaelangello
    July 19, 2023 12:39 am

    I don’t want to be a human guinea pig! By companies having Ingredient transparency and Ingredient awareness we can have a toxic free lifestyle.

  • Megan Lesher
    July 24, 2023 12:00 am

    Thank you Redify. I wish that more companies would use ingredient transparency and practice ingredient safety. It is horrifying to be unaware of the ingredients that we are using. We need to make it easier for people to be able to practice clean living or at least to be able to find affordable safer alternatives.

  • Megan Lesher
    July 24, 2023 12:02 am

    Thank you Redify. I wish that more companies would use ingredient transparency and practice ingredient safety. It is horrifying to be unaware of the ingredients that we are using. We need to make it easier for people to be able to practice clean living or to be able to find affordable safer alternatives.

  • Jonathan Martinez
    July 24, 2023 10:43 pm

    This is an eye opening article at how Americans take in toxic products. Chemical-free, non-toxic products exist but it’s easier to purchase the name brands and often we don’t do our due diligence and check for ingredient safety and make healthy choices for clean living. Hope the US makes the necessary changes to rid stores of these items and provide safer alternatives to consumers.

  • Cruz Brioso
    July 25, 2023 3:36 am

    I was amazed when I read this. Not all products are fully FDA approved? We all need ingredient awareness along with chemical-free options to allow consumers options for safer alternatives.

  • Andres rodriguez
    July 26, 2023 12:20 am

    Thank you for raising awareness about the potential risks associated with consumer products and the need for transparency

  • I must say that the redify app is fantastic.Many of the everyday goods we use have safety labels that may be misleading.It is quite frightful, which is why we should utilize the app to help us choose our daily items more wisely.

  • It’s freighting to hear about this. It’s disappointing to hear that unless thousands of people get affected by these toxic ingredients, they won’t do anything. I think the US government and our favorite brands should hold themselves accountable and approach this with safer alternatives. Thank you for touching on this topic.

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  • Using Redify has become a daily habit for me, and I encourage my friends and family to do the same. When we’re out shopping together or even just browsing online, we can quickly check the products we’re considering. It’s become a bonding experience, sharing our findings and making informed choices together.

  • Thank you for raising awareness to the products we buy and use in daily life, It’s truly a life changer.

  • lesly beltranbeltran
    October 13, 2023 3:08 am

    Its actually amazing article, it’s disheartening to learn that action is often only taken when thousands of people are impacted by these harmful ingredients.

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