“Just like paedophiles, marketers have become child experts” — Michael Brody, who chaired the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s television and media committee. Strong words, perhaps. But it is time to return parents, teachers… to their rightful roles as the real experts on children

CAP: Ban talcum powder and talc-based products

The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the Ministry of Health to ban talcum powder and talc-based products.   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 …

Government should control supply and subsidise facemask prices

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) views the current Covid-19 epidemic situation with concern as, until 10 March, the virus has infected 116,345 victims worldwide. Moreover, Covid-19 negatively impacted on the availability and the cost of many pharmaceutical and medical products (facemasks included) since China was a major producer and exporter. We urge the government …

CAP: Ban antibacterial agents that are harmful to health and environment

The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the authorities to impose an immediate ban on triclosan and 18 other antibacterial agents as these chemicals are capable of causing harm to health and environment.
Studies have shown that triclosan affects thyroid, testosterone, and estrogen regulation, which can create a host of health problems such as early puberty, poor sperm quality, infertility, obesity, and cancer. It can lead to impaired learning and memory, exacerbate allergies, and weaken muscle function.
The impacts of prolonged exposure to triclosan during foetal development, infancy, and childhood can be particularly severe, resulting in permanent damage.