CAP views with apprehension the Ministry’s strategy to tackle the fallout created by over-prescription, rather than the underlying cause, by calling on the public to return unused or expired medications at selected government medical centres and hospitals. The rationale for the move initiated last year is to protect the environment against indiscriminate disposal of expired medications, and save government cost from the reuse of unopened, good condition medications.
As of late there has been a lot of conflicting news in circulation about loom band and phthalates – a harmful chemical commonly found in plastic products. Looms bands have become a nationwide craze; popular among children and adults alike. Therefore it is a concern for us, the Consumer’s Association of Penang, that there are such contradictory reports on whether or not loom bands are safe. We believe it is crucial that all loom bands be tested and the results of said test be released to the public so consumers may know what is safe and what is not.
Global advocates challenge electronics industry to prevent harm from toxic chemicals
The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), an industry association representing over 100 electronics companies, met in Brussels on 16 March 2015 to discuss chemical management strategies. At this meeting, a formal Challenge to the electronics industry endorsed by more than 200 civil society groups from electronics production countries and across the globe was delivered, urging the industry to take meaningful actions to prevent harm and to be accountable to workers and nearby communities by improving chemical safety.
CAP fully supports the move by the Ministry of Health to ban smoking at all eateries.
The ban would be in line with Malaysia's commitments under the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and with measures adopted by other countries the world over to curb smoking in public areas.
The Consumers Association of Penang calls on consumers to avoid eating meat for the benefit of our health and environment.
A latest study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found "sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of meat especially processed meat causes colorectal cancer."