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Category: Health EN

Toxic Mercury in UNDERARM WHITENING CREAMS

The Philippines toxics watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition has issued an alert on 2 made-in-Thailand underarm whitening creams which have been found to contain mercury. According to the chemical screening conducted by the group, Snow White Armpit Whitening Underarm Cream and 88 Total White Underarm Cream, which the group bought online, contained mercury above the 1 part per million (ppm) trace...
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Hidden Toxic Chemicals in Lucky Charms and Amulets

Chinese New Year is just around the corner – a time when lucky charms and amulets are much sought after. If you’re thinking of buying them, be forewarned: Tests on such items in the Philippines have uncovered toxic lead and cadmium in them. The Ecowaste Coalition in the Philippines has just issued an alert on the matter. Read their press release below for the full details....
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CAP: Refrain from taking alcoholic drinks

The Consumers Association of Penang, (CAP) calls on consumers to refrain from taking alcoholic drinks. This is in view of the statement by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which says that No amount of alcohol is safe to drink. Alcohol consumption is associated with the risks of cancer and other health conditions. The United Nations health body says alcohol is a toxic, psychoactive, and...
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Toxic Mercury in Underarm Whitening Cream

Consumers, beware. A toxics watchdog group in the Philippines has found mercury in a product from Thailand, 88 Total White Underarm Cream that claims to whiten the underarm and minimise body odour. The group, Ecowaste Coalition purchased 4 samples of the product and conducted a chemical screening on them. It found that all 4 samples contained mercury levels in the range of 2,486 to 3,130 parts...
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Drinks Manufacturers Rolling out NUTRI-GRADE LABEL IN SINGAPORE Ahead of Dec 30 Deadline

In Singapore from December 30, pre-packaged drinks with higher sugar and saturated fat content must be labelled with a Nutri-Grade mark in a scheme announced by the Health Ministry in 2019. The mark comprises 4 grades classifying drinks from A to D, with D being the unhealthiest. The products include fruit juices and juice drinks, soft drinks, milk and yogurt drinks, and instant powdered...
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PLASTIC BALLOON BLOWING KITS CONTAIN CANCER-CAUSING CHEMICAL

Consumers, beware. A toxics watchdog group in the Philippines has issued an alert on children’s plastic balloon blowing kits which it has found to contain cancer-causing benzene. While long banned in developed countries, toys containing benzene, a chemical classified as “carcinogenic to humans”, are still sold in some developing countries. The group, Ecowaste Coalition, has called for...
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PEANUTS, HERBS & SPICES Improve Gut Microbiome & Health

According to 2 new studies, adding a daily ounce of peanuts or about 1 teaspoon of herbs and spices to one’s diet can positively affect the composition of the gut microbiome – a collection of trillions of microorganisms living inside the intestinal tract – and lead to better health. “Research has shown that people who have a lot of different microbes have better health, and a better...
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RAW HONEY HAS HEALTH BENEFITS

Raw honey which has an array of nutrients, including many antioxidants, is worthy of special consideration as a healthy food, a new study suggests. Although honey is 80% sugar, “around 15% of honey is made of dozens of rare sugars – e.g. isomaltulose, kojibiose, trehalose, melezitose, etc. – which have been shown to have many physiological and metabolic benefits including improving glucose...
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