Consumers Association of Penang

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SPEED UP THE RECALL OF RIBENA® CORDIAL

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is concerned about the recall of several RIBENA® products by the manufacturer recently.

According to the manufacturer, the recall involved the following products and expiry dates:

RIBENA® flavour (all size packs) Expiry Date

RIBENA®Blackcurrant Cordial May to August 2018

RIBENA®Blackcurrant& Glucose May to August 2018

RIBENA®Blackcurrant& Strawberry February to August 2018

RIBENA®Blackcurrant& Blueberry February to August 2018

RIBENA®Blackcurrant& Apple April to May 2018

We want to know if the recall had started because some retailers are giving special discounts on the product during the first week of August.

We urge the authorities to remove all the affected products from the shelves and announce to the public soonest possible.

Consumers who have bought these products to return them and seek refund from the outlets where they have bought them.

On the other hand, we also want to call upon consumers to drink fresh fruit juices that they extract rather than sugar-laden cordials and ‘fruit juices’ that come in boxes or bottles.

PRESS STATEMENT, 14th August 2017

How caffeine affects children

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Basic occupational health and safety procedures ignored by state government

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However, as depicted in The Star (24 May), the state government seems to have sacrificed its basic human values in its endeavour to create a better environment for its citizens.

Gratitude is good for the body, mind and soul

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“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others,” wrote Roman philosopher Cicero. “Nothing is more honourable than a grateful heart,” Roman senator Seneca was quoted as saying.

Most religions encourage gratitude. In Buddhism for example, gratitude is said to be a hallmark of humanity.

Illegal sale of oral contraceptives and the health problems caused by their misuse

altA survey conducted by Consumers Association of Penang on oral contraceptive pills showed that they were easily and freely available at pharmacies. These drugs are controlled by the Poisons Act 1952, which requires the seller to record their sales in a register called Poisons Book kept by the pharmacy. The easy availability of these drugs over the counter without the registration of the buyer's details makes a mockery of the Poisons Act. The law is openly flouted by pharmacies in Penang and a grocery shop in Kulim, Kedah. An earlier survey also found such pills being sold in the Chow Kit area in KL and in grocery shops in other rural areas.