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.

CAP HAD WARNED: PIG BRISTLE BRUSHES AND OTHER PORCINE PRODUCTS

The CAP book published in 2006 highlighted the problem of use pig’s hair in bristle brushes.

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) had warned consumers as early as 1980s – three decades ago – and went on to publish a book titled Halal Haram on the subject of halal products in 2006 but the warning has fallen on deaf ears.

One of the products that CAP deliberated were paint brushes which has been lately reported in a Bahasa Malaysia daily. CAP would like to congratulate the Ministry of Domestic Trade Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) for following up on the discovery of the 90 paint brushes.We hope that harsh action will be taken against the perpetrators.

CAP: Eliminate Lead in Paints

The Consumers Association of Penang calls on the authorities to eliminate lead in paints. In our latest test on paints we found more than 60% of the samples tested contained exceedingly high lead levels.

In a test conducted by CAP and IPEN (International POPS Elimination Network), 39 cans of solvent-based enamel decorative paint were  purchased  from various stores in several towns in the states of Kedah and Penang. The paints represented 18 different brands produced by 17 manufacturers. Samples from these paints were analysed by an accredited laboratory in the USA for total lead content.

Toxic BPA leaches from “safe” plastics

idris-bpa01If you frequently eat from a plastic food container or drink from a plastic bottle, chances are you are ingesting Bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic chemical compound with proven links with a wide range of health disorders, from infertility and breast and prostate cancers, to thyroid malfunction, attention deficit syndrome and recurrent miscarriage.

Toxic fragrances in household products

The 6 sampled products together emitted nearly 100 different Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). 10 of these VOCs turned out to be restricted or regulated by US laws because they are toxic: chemicals such as ethanol, 1,4-dioxane, ethyl acetate, alpha­pinene, 2-butanone, acetaldehyde, and chloromethane.