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Day: March 24, 2011


A quarter teaspoon of this pesticide can kill – Ban it

The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the Ministry of Agriculture to impose an immediate ban on  the pesticide carbofuran. Early this year five farmers in Pendang, Kedah lost RM30,000 when 18 cows died from carbofuran poisoning. The cows were grazing on the rice field which had used the pesticide.   During a recent survey it was found that farmers growing maize placed carbofuran...
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Why no recall of QBB ghee?

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked that there are no attempts being made by the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism to recall the sale of QBB ghee carrying the halal logo inspite of JAKIM's confirmation and withdrawal of the halal status of the ghee for containing doubtful elements, one week ago.   In a survey conducted in various shops in Penang,...
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Immediately stop the sale of QBB ghee

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative  and Consumerism to immediately call for the withdrawal of sale of QBB ghee being sold in Malaysia. This is in view of the fact that the halal status of the ghee has been withdrawn by the Jabatan Kebangsaan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM) on the grounds that it contains doubtful elements. CAP has been...
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Make halal certification for hotels mandatory

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) views with concern recent media reports that a majority of hotels in Malaysia still do not have halal certificates from the Department of Islamic Development, Malaysia or JAKIM. A news report in a Malay daily yesterday (Aug 18, 2010) said the Ramadan buffet food served at 70% of the hotels in the Klang Valley are not halal, and in some instances, even...
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After 37 years, cancer-causing agent still in food

The Ministry of Health is making a mockery of the Food Regulations as the use of Rhodamine B in food is still rampant in spite of it being banned. CAP first detected the presence of Rhodamine B in belacan in 1973 and since then tests conducted in 1983, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008 have still found this dye to be present in belacan and other foods.   On each occasion...
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Corporations rule our food rules: WHO/FAO Compromises International Food Standards

Who decides on what can be added to our food or what food is considered safe for consumption? Whether in Malaysia, China or Australia, Governments have to follow the Codex Alimentarius, rules set up by the WHO and FAO which are policed by the WTO (World Trade Organisation). This is supposed to facilitate free trade. But the Codex Alimentarius which is supposed to protect consumers with safe food...
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CAP welcomes Polystyrene ban In Penang

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) welcomes the Penang State Government’s decision to enforce a ban on polystyrene starting 1st January, 2011.  The ban is expected to cover all food premises and temporary hawking sites owned by local councils in the State. The ruling is indeed laudable because the biggest environmental health concern associated with polystyrene is the...
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Horrors in our markets

The Consumer’s Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) to immediately clean up and beautify all wet markets in Penang which are in deplorable conditions of filth and poor hygiene. In a survey of wet markets carried out by CAP in Chowrasta, Central, Bayan Baru, Ayer Itam, Pulau Tikus, Jelutong, Riffle Range, Taman Tun Sardon, Padang Tembak and the old...
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Is our rice safe from banned endosulfan?

The Consumers Association of Penang is appalled by the Pesticide Board not taking action to eradicate the pesticide endosulfan. Endosulfan, a highly acute toxin and a suspected endocrine disruptor, was banned in 2005 under the Pesticides Act 1974. In a letter to CAP dated 17th October 2008, the Pesticide Board informed us that the registration for endosulfan was terminated in 15th August 2005....
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25 years of inaction: Boric acid still in food

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked that banned boric acid is still found in food, in spite of our numerous calls to the Ministry of Health for the last 25 years to take action on the issue. CAP’s latest test on various types of food such as Bak chang (Chinese dumpling), yellow noodles and Nyonya kuih found boric acid to be present in all the samples tested. Bak chang...
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