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Archive Poison News: March 2009
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   Beauty salon raided after client dies during treatment
  - The New Straits Times, March 26, 2009


Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) -  A beauty salon here was raided by Health Ministry enforcement officers a day after a mother of three died during a follow-up treatment of a liposuction procedure.  The woman, a 30-year-old company manager died at the beauty salon.  The salon’s surgeon said the woman suffered an allergic reaction to an anaesthetic shot. The victim was said to have undergone a liposuction several months ago and returned to the salon after complaining of pain in the buttocks.

A cosmetic surgeon in his 50s has been questioned about the various treatments offered at the salon which also has a spa housed in a three-storey building.  The doctor claimed that the dead woman had vomited three times before swallowing her own vomit on the fourth time.  He said efforts to resuscitate the woman failed.


   Indonesia reviews vaccinations
  - The New Straits Times, March 26, 2009


Jakarta (Indonesia) -  Indonesia’s controversial health minister, Siti Faillah Supari,  says she wants to end vaccinating children against meningitis, mumps and some other diseases because she fears foreign drug companies are using the country as a testing ground.  Supari, who first drew widespread attention by boycotting WHO’s 50-year-old virus sharing system in 2007 said she wanted “scientific proof” that shots for illnesses like pneumonia, chicken pox, the flu, rubella and typhoid were “beneficial”.  She said she would order the vaccinations to stop if they were found to be otherwise.  She will, however, continue to advocate immunizations against measles, polio, tetanus, hepatitis B and tuberculosis.  Measles, tuberculosis and other diseases have skyrocketed in Indonesia. Polio briefly re-emerged after a decade-long absence in 2005.


   Banned pesticide in use in paddy fields
  - The Sun, March 23, 2009


Malaysia -   Pesticide Action Network (PAN), a global body against the use of pesticides, says Endosulfan, a banned pesticide, is still being used in paddy fields in Kedah.  The chemical which has been banned since November 2005 is used currently by farmers to rid the Golden Apple snail.

PAN said the existence of Endosulfan in the country is alarming, adding that about 48,500 farmers are plagued with health problems and diminishing soil fertility as a result of the chemical use.


   Anger at Hong Kong’s plan to hike tobacco tax
  - The New Straits Times, March 23, 2009


Hong Kong’s recent proposal to raise cigarette tax by 50 per cent was greeted with protest from several hundred people.  Accusing the government of favouring the rich, a year after it proposed eliminating wine duty, the protesters marched from the legislature building to the government headquarters chanting “Tycoon enjoy cheap wine, the poor suffer from expensive cigarettes.”  About 12 per cent of Hong Kong older than 15 are daily smokers.


   Carcinogens found in baby products
  - The New Sunday Times, March 22, 2009


Dozens of popular children bath products marketed in the United States contain two cancer-causing chemicals, a consumer safety watchdog group said.  The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commissioned an independent laboratory to test 48 top-selling children’s products.  It was found that the products contain formaldehyde or 1,4-dioxane, or both.  The product brands included highly popular Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, L’Oreal Kids Extra Gentle 2-in-1 shampoo and Pampers Kandoo foaming hand soap, which contained enough formaldehyde to trigger a skin reaction in highly sensitive people.  According to the US National Cancer Institute, studies of workers exposed to formaldehyde have linked the chemical to cancers of the nasal sinuses, nasopharynx, brain and possibly leukemia.

The study’s findings was declared as “patently false” by the Personal Care Products Council.


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