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Day: March 31, 2011

Toxic black henna dyes

Henna, a 9,000 year-old South Asian and Middle Eastern tradition of painting the body, has found its way to the  mainstream. Henna tattoos have been spotted on everyone from singing divas to movie stars to spring breakers. Henna is also used to dye hair. Though the popularity of the body art rises, information surrounding it does not. Few realise that a form of henna, called "black...
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lipstick

Red lipstick spreads the lead

Some of the red lipsticks manufactured in the United States and used daily by millions of women contain high levels of lead, according to new product tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a nonprofit coalition. The tests for lead in lipstick were conducted by an independent laboratory over the month of September on red lipsticks bought in Boston, Hartford, Connecticut, San...
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Nano particles in cosmetics

Nanotechnology can be risky, but no one is regulating its use. A study published in the 20 May 2008 issue of Nature Nanotechnology showed that nanotubes, tube-shaped nanoparticles, can lead to cancer. Thanks to nanotechnology, that allows grinding particles to atomic levels, you now have face creams that spread so smoothly on your skin that only a transparent sheen is visible, no layers. While...
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talc-powder

Cancer warning needed for talcum powder

The Consumers association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Ministry of Health to place a warning on cosmetics containing talc. Talcum powder has been directly used on the skin as an effective absorbent to help deodorise and for imparting a silky touch. The primary component in talcum powder is magnesium silicate hydroxide (commonly known as talc). Talc is the main ingredient in baby powder,...
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Soft-soled rubber clogs: A hazard to children

Reports are surfacing that young people wearing soft-soled clogs are getting their toes caught in escalators. A popular brand of these clogs known as Crocs appears to be often implicated in these reports.   In 2007, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) received a complaint from a mother who informed us that her 4-year-old son’s Crocs shoe was swallowed up into an escalator after...
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Scratch-and-win scams: blame everybody else!

Scratch and win and other scams have been going on in the country for many years now. The most distressful development of this mode of openly cheating consumers is the standard response from the authorities: The victims are to be blamed for being gullible. While this is true to a fair extent, what bothers consumers is, why is such an illegal activity continuing to flourish in all parts of the...
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Right move to use the ringgit in international business

CAP applauds Bank Negara’s decision to relax the foreign exchange administration rules, to enable the ringgit to be used as a currency in international trade. The decision makes good economic sense.  Had the decision been made earlier it could have saved local business millions of ringgit.   CAP had in fact brought up this matter with Bank Negara and the Ministry of Finance in...
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Restrictive trade practices in a free market

WE practice a free market system, but how free and competitive is it? So what if the industries are dominated by a few players? What is wrong with that? When there is less competition, the players in the market will be able to dominate it and fix high prices for their goods and services. It works to the company's advantage that there is no or very little competition. Where there is...
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Unfair trade practices should be made illegal

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Often sellers of goods or services use unfair methods to get consumers to buy their goods or sign up for their services. Consumers have at one time or another been put under pressure by the sales person to buy a product or sign a contract of service. Consumers too have been misled about the price or quality of the product or services...
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Consumers deserve a No-Fault Liability Motor Scheme

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) welcomes the announcement by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) that it will be consulting all relevant stakeholders next month before presenting the proposed new third party bodily injury and death scheme to the government. In August 2007, the Attorney General’s Chambers issued a Preliminary Issue paper proposing that a No-Fault Liability Scheme (NFL) be...
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