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 …
Ultrasonic pest-control devices have been promoted extensively in the market as a solution to get rid of all kinds of pests from fleas to rats. They can be easily bought online or at hardware stores and some supermarkets. These devices are promoted with convincing explanation that they use ultrasonic sound waves that humans cannot hear …
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.
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.
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.