Toothpaste Producers To Label Instruction On Use
ALOR SETAR Jan 8 - The Health Ministry has instructed 14 makers of toothpaste to
have the instruction on its use displayed on the packing for easy reference especially
''The toothpaste producers should have the instructions printed either the package or
on the tube,'' the minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng told reporters after launching the
Chew Kee Lin Education Fund at Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Lam Min here,
He said errant producers can be prosecuted under the Drug Control Act 1984 which
carries a maximum fine of RM1,000.
However, Chua said the act is being reviewed with the objective of introducing stiffer
penalties for the offences.
Earlier, the National Poison Centre (NPC) at Universiti Sains Malaysia has urged the
Malaysian Dental Association to have the instruction on use of the product on the
toothpaste package or on the tube because excessive use of fluoride can adversely
NPC director Prof Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said research proved that children under six
years old are fond of swallowing the paste while brushing their teeth.
Dzulkifli said the effects of swallowing excessive fluoride include vomiting, swollen
lips, kidney and heart attack and also diabetes.
Chua however said the fluoride content of toothpaste sold in the country is safe for
children with no report received so far on its ill effects on them.
However, he said, children under three years old are not encouraged to use fluoride
toothpaste for fear that they may swallow it.
They should also be taught by parents on the use of the toothpaste and on the correct
way of brushing their teeth, Chua added.
Source: Utusan Express
Jan. 9, 1998