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CAP: Eating meat brings misery and destroys health and planet earth

November 25th is observed as Meatless Day worldwide. On this occasion, the Consumers Association of Penang calls on Malaysians to substantially reduce and where possible avoid eating meat for the benefit of our health and environment. Rising prosperity has allowed people throughout the world to eat more meat and Malaysia is no exception. Our per capita consumption of meat has increased from 13.2...
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Laws Are The Most Effective Way To Eliminate Exposure To Lead Paint

"Legally binding control measures can include statutes, regulations, and/or mandatory technical standards establishing a binding, enforceable limit on lead in paint with penalties for non-compliance. For brevity, these are referred to in this document as ‘lead paint laws’. Regulatory controls on a range of sources of lead exposure have been demonstrated to protect public health, as reflected...
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Malaysia is unprepared for an ageing society

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the government to prioritise the needs of the country’s ageing population instead of encouraging the construction of retirement villages which serves only a small segment of society. We call upon the government to adopt the Universal Design, a framework for the designing of living and working spaces, and products to benefit the widest possible...
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Health Effects Of Lead Poisoning On Children

"Lead exposure can have serious consequences for the health of children. At high levels of exposure, lead attacks the brain and central nervous system to cause coma, convulsions and even death. Children who survive severe lead poisoning may be left with mental retardation and behavioural disorders. At lower levels of exposure that cause no obvious symptoms lead is now known to produce a spectrum...
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Particularly Dangerous to PREGNANT WOMEN

Exposure to lead can be harmful to the unborn baby because lead in the mother’s blood passes through the placenta. Complications from high levels of exposure include premature birth, low birth weight, or even miscarriage or stillbirth. Breastfeeding mothers can also pass lead on to their infants via their breast milk. The effects of lead exposure continue after birth and can result in impaired...
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Lead In Paints Affects Children More

Children are exposed to lead when painted surfaces deteriorate over time and break down to paint dust to contaminate the environment. Children ages 0-6 engaging in normal hand-to-mouth behaviours are most at risk of damage to their intelligence and mental development from exposure to lead dust and lead in the soil. The health impacts of lead exposure on young children’s brains are lifelong,...
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Consumer watchdog calls for lead regulation

CAP and the International Pollutants Elimination Network's joint TEST FINDINGS on LEAD IN SPRAY PAINTS were reported in The Vibes  (28 October 2020). Check out the details in the report below. UN Environment Programme World Health Organization (WHO) IPEN: for a toxics-free future For more info on "Lead and Your Ill Health", get the guide here
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How We Are Exposed To Lead

Lead is everywhere and affects all of us. Construction workers are exposed to lead during the removal, renovation, or demolition of structures painted with lead pigments. Workers also come in contact with lead in solder, plumbing fixtures, rechargeable batteries, lead bullets, leaded glass, brass or bronze objects and radiators. Lead exposure can occur in repair (e.g. radiator repair) and...
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CAP Urges Standards for Lead in Paints

CAP calls for lead in paint regulations. In conjunction with the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) reiterates our call to the Malaysian government to eliminate lead in paint through regulatory action. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized 25–31 October 2020, as International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week to raise awareness...
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No Safe Level Of Lead Exposure

Lead can be dangerous for men, women and children — especially young children and pregnant or breastfeeding women. And there is no safe level of lead exposure. Our exposures to lead should be ZERO. Lead is toxic to the reproductive system in both men and women. In men it can reduce the sperm count and produce abnormal sperm. Young boys who are heavily exposed to lead during childhood will have...
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