The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has urged the authorities to closely monitor the sales of products containing Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDC), which could pose a danger to the public's health.

Its president Mohideen Abdul Kader said that tests has revealed that among the products that contain the chemicals are colorful erasers, most of them made in China, as well as thermal paper.

"We tested 40 types of colorful erasers and found that 26 had traces of phthalates. Some of the erasers had fanciful features (funny shapes, cartoon character prints, shaped like fruits), and could attract children to put them into mouths.

"A test on 44 thermal paper samples also found that 27 contained (Bisphenol A) BPA and 13 samples had traces of (Bisphenol S) BPS," Bernama quoted Mohideen telling a press conference yesterday.
The thermal paper samples were collected from hospitals, post offices, grocery shops and supermarkets, Mohideen added.

According to him, the tests were conducted with the assistance of the Wonjin Institute for Occupational and Environmental Health (WIOEH), with support from the Financial Industry Public Interest Foundation (FIPIF), both in Korea.

For the record, EDCs cause neurological and reproductive disorders, obesity, metabolic dysfunction, as well damage to liver, kidneys, and lungs, among others.

Source: Bernama
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