Monday, March 3, 2014

1180) NEWS STREET TIMES 3/3/2014 CHECK CONTAINERS BEFORE BUYING THEM



Headline: 'Check containers before buying them'
Publication: NST
Date of publication: Mar 3, 2014
Section heading: Main Section
Page number: 004


KUALA LUMPUR: Consumers were warned to exercise extra caution when buying water containers as unscrupulous traders could be selling recycled tubs previously used to store chemicals.

Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM) chief activist Datuk Nadzim Johan said consumers should inspect containers thoroughly before buying them.

"In their desperation, some do not think twice before buying water containers, especially if they are cheap.

"However, we do not know where these traders get these containers. We also do not know what they were previously used for and how they could affect consumers' health.

"They could have been used for chemical storage. There might even be some residue left in them."

He said this after two recent cases of consumers duped into buying recycled chemical containers from roadside peddlers.

Nadzim advised consumers to check containers carefully so that they were not cheated, adding the authorities should take action against those selling such containers.

Yesterday, a Salak Jaya resident said several containers she intended to buy from a roadside peddler had a chemical-like smell.

The woman, who declined to be identified, said she changed her mind because of the smell.


"There was also a blackish substance in the containers," she said, adding that when she asked the peddler about it, he told her not to use the containers to store drinking water.

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