Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Fluoride, toothpaste and the A-Bomb

By Gar Smith

"Pollution, Pollution,
You can use the latest toothpaste
And then wash out your mouth
With industrial waste."

Malaysians must reduce sugar intake by 80%

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November 14 is World Diabetes Day. On this occasion, the Consumers Association of Penang calls on consumers to reduce their sugar intake by as much as 80% to curb diabetes which is increasing at an alarming rate in Malaysia.

Mobile phones should carry cancer warnings

brain-cancer-risks-colourManufacturers should put labels on phones and packaging warning of the potential for brain cancer associated with electromagnetic radiation. The warnings should also warn that the most vulnerable users like children and pregnant women keep the devices away from their head and body.

CAP calls for Halal certification of medicine and food supplements

CAP is concerned that medicine and food supplements containing substances prohibited for consumption by Muslims are being sold to them by hospitals and pharmacies. Many Muslims consume them without realizing that they are violating their religious dietary laws.
 
Medicines and supplements containing porcine (pork) and bovine (beef) source elements (gelatin used in capsules) are widely used in the health sector and easily available in pharmacies without any prescription by doctors.alt

2% of cancers due to CT scans

ct-scanA study by two researchers from the Columbia University’s Center for Radiological Research in New York which was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has raised concerns regarding the increasing radiation exposure through Computed Tomography or CT scans.