Spraying of body with disinfectant is not recommended by WHO

Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked to see a photograph in a print media showing a lady spraying disinfectant from a spray bottle onto a group of children in a childcare centre (taska). We are sure that the Malaysian Health Ministry (MoH) and parents would be equally concerned with such practice. As an immediate …

Towards mercury-free dentistry in Malaysia

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the federal government to expedite legislation to eliminate the use of dental amalgam. Due to growing concern regarding impacts of mercury, governments had negotiated a legally binding instrument on mercury, and the text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury was completed and adopted in 2013. Malaysia is a signatory to the Convention. Dental amalgam …

Chemicals in food packaging: a global health threat

Environment groups in Asia Pacific call on policy makers to beef up single-use plastics ban; phase-out toxic chemicals from food packaging; and mandate safe, reusable alternatives Australia/India/Malaysia/Nepal/Philippines — Close to 200 environmental and public health organizations led by the UNWRAPPED Project (UPSTREAM, Zero Waste Europe, and GAIA) released a Call to Action in response to a recently issued …

Prevention of 2019-nCoV needs drastic approach

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the government to ban visitors from affected areas from coming into Malaysia to reduce the risk of 2019-nCoV, also known as Wuhan coronavirus infection, and to implement stringent health checks. It is erroneous to assume that it is possible to identify suspected cases by conducting fever screening at …

CAP: Immediate ban on the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides

The Consumers Association of Penang reiterate its calls to the authorities to impose an immediate ban on the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides as it is found to be hazardous to humans, wildlife and the environment. Glyphosate is the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, from Monsanto. In Malaysia there are more than 200 herbicide products …