The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) would like to respond to the points raised by the deputy director-general of the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) Datuk Dr Quaza Nizamuddin Hassan Nizam in the article by Fazleena Aziz ‘DVS monitors use of antibiotics in animal feeds’ dated 17 March 2016.
In his statement Dr Quaza said that: ‘A low dosage (of antibiotics) is mixed in animal feed to prevent infection, help digestion and stomach absorption to improve growth performance and quality of livestock products’.
It is precisely this routine use of antibiotics in animal feed as a growth promoter and in the prevention of disease and infection that is creating antibiotic resistance which can be transferred to humans. This global public health threat had prompted many countries including the European Union to ban the routine use of antibiotics in animal feeds. Antibiotics should never be abused to prevent disease and to promote growth in animals. They should only be used to manage and treat infections.
Tok Batin Razali bin Kulim from Kampung Lubuk Legong, Baling, Kedah: showing the alcohol sold illegally and the glue sold.
The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Baling District Council (MDB) in the state of Kedah to investigate and take immediate action on a sundry shop owner in Kampung Lalang, Ulu Legong who is selling alcohol illegally to the Orang Asli community in the area.
These activities have been going on for some time, but no action has been taken by the authorities. This has led to an increasing number of children and women in the community to become addicted to alcohol. In addition to alcohol, they are also involved in glue sniffing.
The problem of unhealthy food being sold in school canteens is not new. For some years now this problem has been brought to the attention of the relevant authorities, but CAP's efforts in calling for a healthier young generation has fallen on deaf ears. The Guidelines states that food containing excess sugar, salt and fats, instant noodles, ice confectionaries, artificially-coloured drinks, flavoured drinks, tea and coffee, and fizzy drinks are not encouraged.
So, why is it that they are not taking any action? This is despite the concerns raised by CAP as well as by consumers in letters to the newspapers over numerous media reports of seizures of codeine-based cough mixtures illegally brought into the country.