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Denmark sets up new chemical watchdog

Staff writer |
The Danish government has set up a new watchdog to help consumers "navigate the chemical jungle" and keep astride information on substances found in everyday life.

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Set up by the country's environment ministry, Chemistry Watch will carry out chemical analyses of consumer products to check against corporate information. It will keep consumers informed about the chemicals that surround them through a dedicated website and hotline.

The watchdog has been allocated 17.4m Danish kroner to operate initially for three years.

Chemistry Watch is also meant to build strong international NGO networks so that knowledge can be shared across borders. The environment ministry says that it wants the new body to "strengthen the consumer voice in Europe and to support the Danish government's ambitious chemical actions in the EU".

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