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Local Company Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Instant BPA Detector

( Truthound LLC, a Seal Beach maker of personal health information products, today announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to fund BPA Scout, the world’s first and only instant BPA detector.

“As the father of two small children, I'm constantly on the lookout for products that contain ingredients or chemicals that might be harmful,” said Marc Cortez, President and Co-Founder of Truthound LLC. “But up until now, there has been no way to instantly test for BPA. BPA Scout solves this problem in a quick, disposable, color-changing product.”

Similar to a home pregnancy test that changes color when it's activated, the BPA Scout swab changes color when it touches BPA. Simply rub the swab against any item, touch it to the activation spot, and watch for the color change. Red means that the product contains BPA, while green means that the product is without BPA.

Bisphenol-A, a chemical additive that's used to harden plastics, has been so controversial and of such concern that the FDA banned its use in baby bottles and products. But despite the ban, it's still used in thousands of products, ranging from canned foods, drink liners, CDs, DVDs, and sports water bottles. While many of those products have BPA-free labels on them, there are thousands of products that don't.

“We developed the science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo two years ago, and received some early funding to help us commercialize the product. So when a component supplier could not deliver a critical item for us, we needed a way to quickly fund the company to the next level. We felt that a crowdfunding campaign using Kickstarter was the perfect way to quickly bring BPA Scout into the market,” said Cortez.

Kickstarter is an online community that allows people to fund projects that interest them. Projects ask for a minimum investment amount, and people can help fund the projects in small increments like $10, $25 and $50. When the minimum investment amount is reached, the project gets funded. To-date, Kickstarter has funded over 78,000 projects.

“We want to put BPA Scout into the hands of moms, dads, and anyone else who's concerned about BPA, so that they can make better informed decisions about the products they use,” said Cortez.

To contribute to BPA Scout’s Kickstarter campaign, go to:

About Truthound

Truthound creates personal health information tools that help people make more informed decisions about the products they use. Based on science developed at the University of California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, Truthound’s products instantly detect the presence of potentially harmful chemicals in everyday items. Truthound’s first product, BPA Scout, is the world’s first and only product that instantly changes color when it comes in contact with BPA.

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Company Name: Truthound Contact Person: Marc Cortez Email: Phone: 714-943-6746 Country: United States Website:

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